A second-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Texas Christian
University, Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of
his first three seasons but is still looking for his first
The deal, through the 2020 season, is worth at least $96 million, a
figure that could rise based on success in the postseason, nfl.com
ďIím excited about the future and that Iíll be here for a long
time," Dalton said in an interview on the team's website.
Dalton led the team to an 11-5 record last season, throwing 33
touchdown passes and 20 interceptions before Cincinnati fell to the
San Diego Chargers in a wild card playoff game.
Overall, Dalton has posted a 30-18 regular season record in three
years with the NFL club, but has thrown only one TD against six
interceptions in the postseason.
Dalton, 26, said he would not feel added pressure after signing the
ďI expect to go out and play well. Thatís the biggest thing. I donít
think there is any more pressure,Ē he said about expectations.
ďThe biggest thing hanging over me is I havenít won a playoff game.
Thatís what weíre striving to do. Not win just one, but win it all.
[to top of second column]
"Until that happens, people will always say, ĎHe hasnít done this, he
hasnít done that.í I have to go out and accomplish that.Ē
The Bengals open the 2014 season on Sept. 7 in Baltimore against the
(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Gene Cherry)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.