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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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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

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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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Owner Mike Brown referred to Andy Dalton's contract situation as "a dilemma for us."

Dalton is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He's 30-18 in the regular season and is coming off a 4,293-yard, 33-touchdown campaign -- but is 0-3 in the playoffs with a cumulative 56.2 passer rating. The smart play for the Bengals is to let the season play out and reevaluate. Paying an extra few million to Dalton a year from now is better than committing to the wrong guy now.
Mar 24 - 9:43 AM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson talked up Andy Dalton at the Combine, saying he likes what Dalton "brings to the table for us."

"Andy can do it all," Jackson said. "I haven’t seen anything he can’t do. He ran with the ball last year. Obviously he threw it all over the yard, and obviously he ran our football team. At the end of the day, that’s the characteristics that we’re looking for in a quarterback for our football team as well as our organization." Jackson is expected to reduce the number of pass attempts Dalton makes in 2014, but the Bengals have been backing Dalton since his latest postseason disaster performance. Cincinnati may use a mid-round pick on a quarterback.
Feb 23 - 10:03 AM

The Bengals' website hints that new OC Hue Jackson will reduce Andy Dalton's pass attempts and ask him to make easier throws.

Dalton put up big stats in outgoing OC Jay Gruden's more vertical, wide-open offense. Jackson is a balanced-to-run-heavy mind, and Dalton's interception total has increased every season he's been in the league. Observes beat writer Geoff Hobson, "Jackson sounds like he is out of the less is more school and he’s talking like he’s not going to put as much pressure on Dalton to win games with his arm." Expect Dalton to be more of a game manager in 2014.
Feb 9 - 2:40 PM

New Bengals OC Hue Jackson joined coach Marvin Lewis in throwing support behind embattled quarterback Andy Dalton.

Dalton's final 2013 stats look impressive on paper, but his performance was wildly streaky and he tanked in the playoffs for a third straight year. "There's no doubt in my mind about Andy," insisted Jackson. "I think he has tremendous upside. Everyone has to play better and Andy has to continue to grow." Look for Jackson to install a run-based offense in 2014, reducing Dalton to more of a game manager's role. He'll only be a fantasy QB2.
Jan 10 - 11:28 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Matt Scott
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2BenJarvus Green-Ellis
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Orson Charles
2Ryan Hewitt
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