It appears as though the Bengals might not be as big a fan of Andy Dalton as we originally thought.
Back in January, Cincinnati's player personnel executive Duke Tobin released a statement about the Red Rifle claiming that the franchise was "very comfortable" proceeding with Dalton as their starting quarterback.
Now, new head coach Zac Taylor has said that he wants to see the three-time Pro Bowler return to form before committing to offering him a contract extension.
“I think it’s a good year for Dalton to show like he can, like we think he will," said Brown. "After he re-establishes himself we would want to get together with him and see if we can extend it. I think Andy is a good player, and that he will rebound off last year...But if he’s healthy and we stay healthy enough, I have confidence in him," the HC continued.
Dalton is currently in the fifth year of his seven-year, $97.09 million contract he signed back in 2014 and is set to make base salaries of $13.7 million and $16 million over the next two seasons.
This wait and see approach is a wise move by Cincy.
There is no reason to commit to a 31-year-old, oft-injured and inconsistent QB whose record is 17-24 over the last three seasons.