Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Bengals, Andy Dalton progressing on contract, nothing imminent

Now that another quarterback got a deal done (Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers), Cincinnati Bengals’ signal-caller Andy Dalton hopes that he is the next quarterback to cash in and wanted to get a deal done soon.

According to Ian Rapaport of NFL.com, the Bengals and Dalton are making progress on a new deal but nothing is imminent.

Kevin Patra of NFL.com has the scoop.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, progress is being made in the potential new contract for Dalton and the Bengals, but nothing is imminent right now. Rapoport notes that training camp probably is a little better timetable, while adding that the Bengals do appear committed to making Dalton their franchise quarterback. With only a year left on his current contract, Dalton is confident that a deal will get done eventually, Rapoport reports.

As NFL Media’s Albert Breer discussed in his recent column, the second-tier quarterback contract market has all but vanished in the NFL. The nine higest-paid QBs in the NFL (by average salary per year) were all signed in the past 27 months and each exceeds $17.5 million.

“If you’re paying a quarterback in that neighborhood, you’re not gonna have the same depth — that’s the price of two star-quality players at other positions,” an NFC personnel director told Breer. “So now he’s gotta make others around him better, as opposed to others around him making him better. You can only cut the pie so many ways. Or you just have to be a great drafting team, and not miss any.”

Dalton completed 363 of 586 passes for 4,293 yards with 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions last season. In his career, he has completed 992 of 1,630 passes for 11,360 yards with 80 touchdowns and 49 interceptions.

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