It is interesting to look at the new contract that the Cincinnati Bengals signed quarterback Andy Dalton to. In some ways it seems like too much but in other ways it is perfectly done by the Bengals. All total the contract is for six years and will pay Dalton $115 million. The average of $19.1 million per season puts Dalton in the top ten highest paid signal callers in the NFL. That for example, on the surface at least, seems like too much money.
After all, Dalton has yet to even win a playoff game. That is not to say that he doesn’t deserve a deal because he is a solid QB that could be the one to take the Bengals to the next level. But this deal is wonderfully structured, if a little too much. Only a small portion of the money is guaranteed right from the start and incentives will hopefully lead Dalton to earn all of the contractual money and bonuses. At least the Bengals hope the deal has that effect.
For Bengals fans, this might seem like too much and just right at the same time as well. Dalton has been good over his time with the team and playoff losses cannot be placed completely on his shoulders. In all likelihood, this deal will either end up being something that showed too much faith in a QB that didn’t deserve it or a bargain for the Bengals’ next great leader.
Which of those it turns out to be is almost completely up to Dalton and his key players. The good news for now is that 2013 was Dalton’s best season to date and he appears to be on the way up in his career. Here’s hoping it all works out for all parties.