Once San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed his extension worth $110 million over six years, all eyes turned to Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Andy Dalton as he seems to be the next young quarterback up in regards to extensions.
Since then, June 5th to be exact, it’s been a bit quiet on the extension front for Dalton, but during training camp, Dalton revealed in an interview with NFL.com that he expects the extension to happen–that it’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’.
The fourth-year quarterback told NFL Media’s Albert Breer on Wednesday that he’s optimistic a contract extension is a “when” rather than an “if” proposition.
“I’m confident. And both sides are working on it,” Dalton said. “We haven’t given a deadline, we haven’t talked about a deadline. We don’t expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does.”
Depending on the numbers, Dalton’s extension hopes will go from ‘when’ to ‘if’ to ‘impossible’. While Dalton has shown he’s a nice quarterback, he’s a middle of the pack quarterback who puts teams in a tough situation. Dalton is good enough to post a good regular season record–last season the Bengal won the AFC North division with a record of 11-5. Unfortunately, Dalton hasn’t shown to be the quarterback that can get his team over the hump–Dalton is 0-3 in playoff games with a 1:6 touchdown to interception ratio.
And you don’t want to overpay that guy. But the road into replacing him is just as difficult. It’s a tricky situation and with one year left on Dalton’s current deal, it’ll be interesting to see how the Cincinnati Bengals handle this.