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Andy Dalton | Quarterback

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

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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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: bengals.com
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.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 17 - 1:18 PM

Bengals.com'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.
Source: bengals.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 7:27 PM

New OC Hue Jackson emphasized that "first and foremost" the Bengals' offense must cut down turnovers.

Andy Dalton threw the fifth most interceptions (20) in football last season, and committed three more turnovers in Cincinnati's first-round playoff loss. "The ball is one of the most precious things in the game and we have to protect it with everything we have," said Jackson. "We have to find a way to consistently run the football and be a dominating, aggressive unit that we have the potential to be." Look for Dalton's pass attempts to drop significantly under Jackson as he's turned into more of a game manager.
Source: bengals.com
May 23 - 2:32 PM

Bengals WRs Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones pointed to Andy Dalton's improved arm strength and velocity following Wednesday's OTAs.

"Best I’ve seen him," said Sanu. "It’s on you fast. You turn around and you’re like, ‘whoa.’" Dalton worked with QB guru Tom House in Los Angeles over the offseason. "He’s got a lot of zing, a lot of velocity to him,’ said Jones. "He’s spinning the ball real nice." Dalton is entering a contract year and is going to have his number of throws scaled back under new run-heavy OC Hue Jackson. Fantasy-wise, Dalton is a middling QB2 option.
Source: bengals.com
May 21 - 7:05 PM

OC Hue Jackson confirmed the A.J. McCarron pick was "not about Andy Dalton."

The draft actually couldn't have gone much better for Dalton. The Bengals waited until the fifth round to select a quarterback, and went with one that profiles as a long-term backup. McCarron's big name doesn't change his status as a game manager.
May 12 - 12:18 PM

Walk-year QB Andy Dalton spent a week working with quarterback guru Tom House earlier this offseason.

A former MLB pitcher, House has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer, among others. "We tweaked a few things just to make sure all of your momentum, all your force, everything you have is going toward the target of where you’re trying to throw," Dalton said. "I don’t think the average person will notice it." Dalton is wise to seek any edge, but it's highly unlikely his week with House will have a perceptible effect on his 2014 play.
Source: bengals.com
Apr 10 - 6:08 PM

New Bengals OC Hue Jackson has vowed to help Andy Dalton by placing more emphasis on the run game.

It's perhaps the most obvious schematic change coming this season. Pass-happy Jay Gruden has been replaced by Jackson, who traditionally uses the run game as the "hallmark" of his offenses. Dalton is not going to be in the top-8 in passing attempts, yards and touchdowns again this season. Re-draft fantasy owners drafting Dalton off last year's stats are going to be disappointed. Dalton is a strongly recommended sell-high in Dynasty circles.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 11:47 AM

Walk-year QB Andy Dalton confirms he's been having contract talks with the Bengals.

"There have been a couple of proposals sent over and different things," Dalton said in a Monday radio interview. "We're working. Hopefully, we can get something done. ... Obviously, everyone would like to get something done sooner rather than later." Coach Marvin Lewis has been stumping for Dalton this offseason, but the Bengals would be wise to take things slow. It's quite possible Dalton is allowed to play out the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 3:59 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is hopeful Andy Dalton will soon sign an extension.

"We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him," Lewis said Tuesday. "He can get back focusing on football." Lewis' comments come the same week owner Mike Brown referred to Dalton's contract status as a "dilemma." Despite Lewis' comments, Cincy's best play would be to let Dalton play out the final year of his rookie deal before re-evaluating his status next offseason. That appears to be Brown's intent.
Mar 25 - 5:19 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Tyler Wilson
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2BenJarvus Green-Ellis
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
2Orson Charles
3Nikita Whitlock
WR11A.J. Green
2Mohamed Sanu
3Ryan Whalen
4James Wright
5Jasper Collins
WR21Marvin Jones
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Brandon Tate
4Cobi Hamilton
5Colin Lockett
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Tyler Eifert
3Alex Smith
4Kevin Brock
K1Mike Nugent
2Quinn Sharp