The Cincinnati Bengals are working to sign quarterback Andy Dalton to a long-term deal. Apparently, they have a certain range in mind.
According to reports, the Bengals want to pay Dalton similar to the deal the San Francisco 49ers gave Colin Kaepernick.
Dalton’s camp obviously disagrees that the quarterback should sign such a team friendly deal or else an agreement would have been reached.
They are presumably holding out for a contract that will pay more up front.
From Geoff Hobson of the Bengals official website:
Brown thinks Dalton deal should be in Kaepernick range
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) July 22, 2014
For those who don’t understand why the Bengals would be willing to match the 49ers contract for Kaepernick, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk provided a breakdown in layman’s terms.
And if there was/were/whatever any doubt that the Kaepernick deal is incredibly team friendly, the Bengals’ willingness to give the same contract to a guy who hasn’t won a playoff game proves it. A mere $13 million fully guaranteed at signing on a seven-year commitment from the player. A very late (relatively speaking) April 1 deadline each year for dumping the player before injury-only guarantees become full guarantees. An annual average that pays the quarterback mid-level money now and, given spikes in the salary cap, mid-level money (or worse) in the out years. And an obligation for the player to plunk down a ton of cash for a $20 million disability policy payable to the team in the event that he suffers a career-ending injury.
Every team would love to have that kind of deal for their starting quarterback.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, Dalton’s camp is looking past the smokescreen of a “$126 million deal with $61 million guaranteed” and looking to get a deal that is friendlier to their client.
The two sides are working to get something done, but it appears they still remain far apart.