After bringing the Bengals to their most successful run in franchise history over the past three seasons, Andy Dalton is ready to be paid like a Top QB.
Since his rookie season in 2011, QB Andy Dalton has started all 48 games for the Bengals, going 30-18 and setting multiple franchise passing records – all while leading the Bengals to their first ever 3-consecutive trips to the playoffs.
Team owner Mike Brown said via the team website that he believes that Dalton deserves a raise – but with a contract very similar to the one recently given to 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, which is structured to pay more on incentives than on base salary or guarantees.
As a 2nd round draft pick in 2011, Dalton is playing out the last year on his rookie contract and will make approximately $2 million in 2014. Brown did not rule out the possibility of using the franchise tag on Dalton in 2015 if the team was unable to reach terms of an extension by then.
Dalton set the Bengals single season records for passing yards and passing TDs in 2013. He led the Bengals to the AFC North division title, but the team lost to the Chargers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.