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Move They Should Make: Bite the Bullet with Andy Dalton
Gauging quarterback Andy Dalton’s value is a bit of a tricky proposition.
Franchise quarterbacks don’t grow on trees, but whether Dalton fits that bill is still in question. He has led his team to a playoff berth in each of his first three seasons, but he has performed miserably in three early exits. He has put up increasingly nice numbers from year to year, but he has the benefit of playing with A.J. Green, one of the best receivers in the game.
The cost of doing business is going up in the NFL, however, and quarterbacks seem to be reaping the biggest rewards. Every year, we see one or two massive deals, some of which have caused consternation among the ranks in the land of punditry.
A massive deal for Dalton—like the one owner Mike Brown recently alluded to, per Cincinnati's website—would draw perhaps the most criticism out of all the deals made in recent years. Brown mentioned it could be in the "Colin Kaepernick range," which would be $126 million over six years with all bonuses attained.
Still, Brown may have little choice. From all outward appearances, the Bengals seem confident that Dalton is their quarterback of the present and the future. If that’s the case, they must get him locked into a long-term deal before the price goes up. Every year the salary cap jumps, prices for players climb too.