Andy Dalton made it known on Monday—he and the Cincinnati Bengals are official in extension talks.
Fans knew it was coming, but the fact the two sides are now sending offers back and forth makes the situation official. Dalton revealed the talks on SiriusXM NFL Radio, as captured by NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling:
“There have been talks about it. There have been a couple of proposals sent over and different things,” Dalton told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday. “We’re working. Hopefully, we can get something done.
“I’m not too worried about it. I know in the right timing, everything is going to happen. Obviously, everyone would like to get something done sooner rather than later.”
It’s hard to tell how long it will take to get something done. The Bengals have gone about their business as usual and recently extended Domata Peko’s contract, so the talks with Dalton are not exactly a hindrance to progression in other areas.
Now that the Bengals have decided Dalton is officially the guy, it is a smart move for the franchise to go ahead and lock him up at a reasonable price as soon as possible. If they do not and Dalton improves again next year, his price will be much bigger next offseason. That is especially the case if the Bengals finally get over the hump and win a playoff game.
For now, expect radio silence until the draft. Cincinnati has time and money to get things done, although the current ridiculous state of quarterback contracts around the league won’t help things. Until the final numbers are known — if and when something happens — the best move is to refrain from judgement.