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Were You Surprised To See The Bengals Give Andy Dalton A $115 Million Contract Extension?

Submitted by on August 4, 2014 – 1:13 pmNo Comment
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Andy Dalton has been a good quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals since breaking into the NFL a few years ago. Good…but not great. So while it was pretty clear that he had already outperformed his rookie contract—which was scheduled to pay him approximately $1.7 million this season—it was also clear that he wasn’t going to get paid like some of the league’s more elite quarterbacks once his contract was up. Er, at least, that’s what we thought.

However, the Bengals surprised a lot of people earlier today when they revealed that they had signed Dalton to a six-year contract extension worth about $115 million. It’s not the richest QB contract signed in recent history—guys like Joe Flacco have signed more valuable contracts in recent years—but it is a really large contract when you consider that, to date, Dalton hasn’t proven that he can win in the postseason. His numbers have been great during the regular season, and he’s done OK in the playoffs as far as stats are concerned. But $115 million contracts used to be reserved for those guys who were excellent in both the regular season and the postseason. In fact, those kinds of contracts were unthinkable with regards to middle-of-the-pack quarterbacks, which is, at this stage in his career, exactly what Dalton is. He might turn into an elite QB sometime soon. But he hasn’t yet proven himself, which is why his new contract extension is pretty surprising.

Next season might end up being the season that Dalton finally breaks through and enjoys some postseason success. And if he does, then he’ll be well worth the $115 million that the Bengals are going to pay him. But at the moment, that just feels like way too much money to pay a guy who is 0-3 lifetime in the postseason. And it looks like the kind of deal that could potentially come back to bite the Bengals, who are taking a bit of a risk on Dalton here.

Do you think Andy Dalton deserved a $115 million contract? Or did the Bengals overpay for him at this time?

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