If you look at the headlines regarding Andy Dalton’s new contract, it seems like he broke the bank getting $115 million over 6 years. But we’ve learned that the devil is in the details when it comes to NFL contracts, and this breakdown from ProFootballTalk explains how this contract really sets the bar for second-tier quarterbacks.
The guaranteed money really isn’t that high, so the Bengals aren’t taking a massive risk hear. As a Browns fan I was hoping they would sign Dalton to a stupid contract that tied them up long term, but that didn’t happen. Still, Dalton will be making some serious money and tying up the cap a bit, and frankly he’s just an above-average quarterback in my opinion. He’s been terrible in the playoffs when defenses get stiffer, and I’ll be surprised if he ever leads the Bengals to a Super Bowl.
Still, as a business decision this wasn’t a terrible one.