At the start of training camp, Dalton was confident that he and Cincinnati would be able to agree to a long term deal before the season officially started. According to various reports, the deal closely resembles Jay Cutler’s 7-year $126 million contract. There’s only question that people have about Andy Dalton. Is he a franchise quarterback worth that type of money?
Entering his fourth season, Andy Dalton has a lot to prove in the tough AFC North. During his first three seasons, Dalton has a record of (30-18), while starting every game of his career. However, his regular season success hasn’t translated to postseason greatness.
Andy Dalton and the Bengals haven’t won a game in the postseason (0-3) since his NFL career started. Last season was especially rough due to the high hopes of the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense. It doesn’t help that Cincinnati hasn’t played well in the losses.
Andy Dalton was the 35th overall selection in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. He immediately paid dividends for the upstart Bengals. Now he’s with a long line of quarterbacks that are looked upon to bring their respective teams a Super Bowl.
In 2013, Andy Dalton threw for 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, while completing 61.9% of his passes. In three seasons, he’s thrown for 80 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. That’s why the new contract can be a boom or bust decision.
For one thing, Andy Dalton needs to cut down on his turnovers or at least make more plays in the postseason. As well as he has played, any slippage in production could have him as the fourth best quarterback in the AFC North.
If Dalton thought the pressure was on last season, he’ll really feel what it’s like to be the franchise guy now.
There are a few changes with the Cincinnati offense too. He lost his offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to the Washington Redskins, and Dalton will be working closely with Hue Jackson. Even with the upheaval, we expect to see a lot of Dalton to A.J Green this season.
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