Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during fourth quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton have started contract talks

2014 marks the last season for the rookie contract of Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton. Now, it’s time for the team to figure out what they want to do with their signal caller, and according to Dalton himself, the two sides have already begun discussing the options on the table at the moment.

“There have been talks about it. There have been a couple of proposals sent over and different things,” Dalton told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday. “We’re working. Hopefully, we can get something done.

At the NFL Meetings last week, head coach Marvin Lewis said that he was hopeful they could get a deal done, however he didn’t come across as too optimistic.

Has Dalton been good for the Bengals since they drafted him and started him as a rookie? Absolutely he has, taking the team to the playoffs multiple times. But they just can’t get over the hump, meaning that being “good” isn’t good enough, the organization–and the fans–want him to be great.

This process is still in the early stages, but there is a lot to factor in to this one and it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

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