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5 Reasons Why Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton Deserves a New Contract Before 2014 Season

5 Reasons Why Andy Dalton Deserves a New Contract Before The 2014 Season

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Andy Dalton has been one of the most consistent NFL quarterbacks ever since joining the Cincinnati Bengals three seasons ago. His drive, passion and determination alone should net him a new contract with the team, but for some reason Cincinnati has been reluctant to open negotiations with the former TCU QB.

Here are five reasons why Dalton deserves a new contract before the 2014 season.

5. Keep Your Alpha-Receiver Happy

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5. Keep Your Alpha-Receiver Happy

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Green has been quite outspoken this offseason about keeping his QB in town with him. In a recent interview, Green was asked about Dalton's contract situation and he explained that Dalton is his guy and that he does not want any other QB throwing him the football. Green and Dalton have developed quite a good QB-WR relationship over the past three seasons together, and it would be a shame to break up something so dynamic.

4. Three Straight Playoff Appearances

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4. Three Straight Playoff Appearances

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Dalton has led Cincinnati to three straight playoff appearances and will look to continue that streak this season. Dalton has been able to do so in his first three seasons in the NFL, while also playing in the toughest division in the AFC. Dalton has led his team to numerous come-from-behind victories en route to a playoff berth and has been successful enough to end the franchise's playoff drought ever since his rookie season.

3. Command And Poise

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3. Command And Poise

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Dalton is one of the NFL's most confident quarterbacks. His command of the Cincinnati offense is incredible for a young quarterback, and his poise in the pocket is almost unheard of in today's NFL. Dalton is not afraid to stand in the pocket and deliver the football with touch at the last second while taking a bone-jarring hit. Dalton is confident in his arm and understanding of his offense. He is one of the league's best overall leaders.

2. Numbers Never Lie

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2. Numbers Never Lie

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Dalton has continuously progressed in each of his first three NFL seasons. Dalton set career highs in 2013 for passing attempts (586), passing completions (363), yards (4,293), average per completion (7.2), touchdowns (33), rating (88.8), rushing attempts (61) and rushing yards (183). Dalton's knowledge of the offense and understanding of defensive schemes is growing, and the fourth-year QB will only continue to get better.

1. He Has Earned It

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1. He Has Earned It

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Dalton surely has some question marks surrounding him, especially his postseason play, but I was unaware that one player made a team and that one player could win a football game by himself. Dalton has earned a new deal with Cincinnati due to his ability to lead that football team. Dalton plays in one of the best divisions in football and continues to lead his team to the postseason. I doubt Cincinnati would win six games without him.