(NEW YORK) — The Cincinnati Bengals see quarterback Andy Dalton as the the face of their franchise, which is why the team has reportedly signed him to a six-year extension worth $115 million.
“I’ve been impressed with him since I’ve gotten to be the coordinator, but I’ve been really impressed with him over the last couple of days, because I think he’s really starting to buy into the urgency, getting the ball out of his hands and making great decisions,” Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. “That was a great throwaway when we were backed up. There were times in the past the ball might have gone someplace else.”
Dalton is entering his fourth NFL season and was set to make just less than $1.7 million in the final year of his deal.
The 26-year-old Dalton has proven to be a solid starting quarterback during his time with the team. He’s led the team to three-straight postseason appearances, but he’s never won a playoff game.
In those three playoff games, Dalton has thrown just one touchdown and six interceptions.
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