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Andy Dalton | Quarterback

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: TCU
Contract: view contract details

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Andy Dalton completed 18-of-38 passes for 126 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's Week 7 loss at Indy.
Dalton and Bengals never got off the bus. They somehow opened the game with eight straight 3-and-outs, finishing the first half with 27 total yards. Vontae Davis and Greg Toler were dominant on the corners, erasing Mohamed Sanu outside of one deep ball in garbage time. It's a reminder of both how bad Carolina's defense is (see last week) and how good A.J. Green is. Dalton will be praying he gets Green back for Week 8 against the Ravens, otherwise he'll barely be a QB2. Oct 19 - 4:56 PM

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Andy Dalton completed 34-of-44 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bengals' Week 6 tie with the Panthers.

Minus A.J. Green (toe), Marvin Jones (ankle), and Tyler Eifert (elbow), Dalton peppered Mohamed Sanu with 15 targets, linking up 11 times for 120 yards and a 34-yard score. Jermaine Gresham was next in line. It was a great effort from Dalton considering the utter lack of downfield weapons. Sanu will continue to dominate targets with the Bengals pounding Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill on the ground next week against the Colts. Dalton is a QB2.
Oct 12 - 5:32 PM

Andy Dalton completed 15-of-24 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 5 loss to New England.

Dalton could have had another touchdown, but Jermaine Gresham dropped a catchable pass in the end-zone. He struggled to get anything going with A.J. Green, who was shut down by Darrelle Revis for most of the game. Dalton connected with Mohamed Sanu on a 37-yard deep post for his first touchdown, and Green scored against Patriots CB Logan Ryan in the third quarter. Dalton is on pace for 3,704 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions through four games. The Bengals take on the Panthers in Week 6.
Oct 5 - 11:57 PM

Andy Dalton completed 15-of-23 passes for 169 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Bengals' Week 3 win over the Titans.

Dalton also caught an 18-yard touchdown from Mohamed Sanu. Sanu flipped it to Sanu, who ran right and threw all the way back to his left to Dalton, who out-leaped a caught-in-between Blidi Wreh-Wilson at the line of scrimmage. Wreh-Wilson fell down, and Dalton out-raced everyone else 18 yards to the end zone. It was the first touchdown catch by a quarterback since Tyler Thigpen in 2008. Dalton didn't really have to do much besides hand the ball off to his running backs. OC Hue Jackson's offense has been perfect. The Bengals enter their bye week 3-0 before going to New England in Week 5.
Sep 21 - 4:36 PM

Andy Dalton completed 15-of-23 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 24-10, Week 2 win over the Falcons.

The stat line is more impressive than it looks, as A.J. Green departed with turf toe before even being targeted. Seemingly always finding his wideouts for deep bombs, Dalton hooked up with Mohamed Sanu for a 76-yard score in the third quarter. Dalton has an appealing Week 3 matchup in the Titans, but his upside will be majorly curbed if Green can't suit up.
Sep 14 - 4:40 PM

Andy Dalton completed 25-of-38 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Ravens.

He added six scrambles for three yards. Reports all offseason indicated the Bengals wanted to become a more run-based offense, but they played shotgun football in Sunday's victory, as Dalton was rarely under center. While Dalton finished with 38 pass attempts, the Bengals only ran 26 times, including the six by Dalton. Dalton will be a viable QB1 streamer in Week 2 against Atlanta. That game has definite shootout potential.
Sep 7 - 4:26 PM

Andy Dalton completed 13-of-21 passes for 157 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Dalton played one half before giving way to Jason Campbell. Gio Bernard was wildly ineffective with 10 carries for 17 yards, but Dalton was still able maneuver around Patrick Peterson and lead the team on two field-goal drives. Through three preseason games, he's 24-of-34 for 372 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Dalton will ideally be a game manager for Hue Jackson this season, leaving him as a middling QB2.
Aug 24 - 10:04 PM

Andy Dalton completed 8-of-8 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Jets on Saturday.

It doesn't get any more perfect. Dalton torched a Jets' secondary that was minus top CB Dee Milliner and starting S Antonio Allen on the outside at corner. Dalton's big play was a 43-yard touchdown strike to Mohamed Sanu, who roasted slot CB Kyle Wilson. Dalton is now 11-of-13 for 215 yards and the one score through two preseason games. New OC Hue Jackson's offense should make things simpler for Dalton, in turn making him a better, more efficient quarterback.
Aug 16 - 8:09 PM

Updating a previous item, the actual value of Andy Dalton's six-year extension is $96 million with a $12 million signing bonus.

He also gets a $5 million roster bonus in three days. The guaranteed money is just $17 million -- the roster bonus and Dalton's signing bonus. Dalton was already under contract for a little over $1 million this year, so across seven seasons the base value of his new contract is essentially $97.09 million -- $13.87 million annually. Dalton can earn another $19 million through escalators, per PFT. People, on Twitter, at least, freaked out about the initially-reported worth, but this is going to end up being a front-loaded, team-friendly deal.
Aug 4 - 1:52 PM

Bengals signed QB Andy Dalton to a six-year, $115 million contract extension through 2020.

While it looks like a ton of money on paper, this is certainly going to be a pay-as-you-go deal like the 49ers handed Colin Kaepernick earlier in the offseason. A very small portion of the deal will actually be fully guaranteed, and Dalton is going to have to earn his salary with his play. There's just no middle ground for teams to go off of when paying their quarterbacks. It's all or nothing. Dalton's $19.1 million annual average in new money puts him in the top ten among signal callers. It's quite a haul for a player who's yet to win a playoff game.
Aug 4 - 10:11 AM

Walk-year QB Andy Dalton is "confident" he and the Bengals will work out a new deal.

"Both sides are working on it," he said. "We haven't given a deadline, we haven't talked about a deadline. We don't expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does." The Bengals have not seen enough from Dalton to warrant a big-money extension, and are not risking much by allowing him to play out his contract since they could simply slap the franchise tag on Dalton if he performs well this season. Without much leverage, Dalton may have to accept a "pay as you go" contract similar to Colin Kaepernick's in order to get anything done.
Jul 30 - 8:14 PM

Bengals owner/GM Mike Brown believes walk-year QB Andy Dalton will be the team's quarterback for the "immediate future."

Brown also endorsed a Colin Kaepernick-style "pay as you go" type contract for Dalton's deal, and admitted the franchise tag is a possibility for 2015. All in all, it's not a very strong endorsement, definitely not the kind you'd hear from an owner talking about someone he considered a franchise quarterback.
Jul 22 - 8:50 PM

A.J. Green remains confident the Bengals will reach a long-term agreement with Andy Dalton.

"I know they know he’s the guy," Green said confidently. "I feel like they’re going to get something done before the season starts." Green has been outspoken in his support of his quarterback, but the team has been less effusive. Owner Mike Brown referred to the situation as a "dilemma" in March. Never known to overpay for anything, Brown is likely to drive a hard bargain with his middle-of-the-road quarterback.
Jul 17 - 1:18 PM's Geoff Hobson believes new OC Hue Jackson intends to "take the load off" Andy Dalton, and reduce his pass attempts from last year's 586 to "closer to Russell Wilson's number of 407."

Hobson believes the Bengals may scrap Jay Gruden's old high-volume short to intermediate passing game, and allow the "running game to open up the deep ball." This, of course, is Jackson's offense. He's a power-run coach with vertical-pass leanings. Turning Dalton into a low-volume game manager would significantly curb Dalton's fantasy appeal. It would also almost certainly curb the Bengals' team turnover rate. Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill stand to benefit.
Jun 19 - 9:03 PM

Andy Dalton says he'd be open to a clause-filled, year-to-year contract, a la Colin Kaepernick.

On the one hand, "obviously." On the other, it could be a cure to the contract stalemate between Dalton and a team that's leery of committing to him for 4-5 years. That being said, Dalton shouldn't expect to approach the $18 million average annual value of Kaepernick's "seven-year, $126.97 million" deal.
Jun 10 - 7:27 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3Cedric Peerman
4Rex Burkhead
GLB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Brandon Tate
3James Wright
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Greg Little
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Kevin Brock
3Tyler Eifert
K1Mike Nugent