When the Ravens face Andy Dalton in Week 1, his bank account should be much fatter. The Bengals have agreed to a six-year, $115 million contract extension with their starting quarterback, according to ESPN. Dalton had one year remaining on his rookie deal that was to pay him around $1.7 million this season.
It was not immediately reported how much of Dalton’s extension was guaranteed. However, the Bengals’ decision to extend Dalton shows faith in a quarterback that has yet to win a playoff game in three tries, despite an impressive 30-18 regular season mark.
Some have criticized the Ravens have for signing Joe Flacco to his six-year, $120.6 million deal after they won the Super Bowl. But Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP with nine playoff wins during his career.
Many of Flacco’s best performances have come during clutch situations. That has not been the case for Dalton, not yet anyway. The Bengals must be convinced that Dalton’s best football is ahead of him. New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson may help Dalton by being more committed to the running game than former coordinator Jay Gruden was, before he departed to become the Redskins’ head coach.
Having a new deal gives Dalton more financial security, but it also increases expectations. He will try to reward the Bengals for rewarding him, starting Week 1 when the Bengals visit Baltimore.
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