Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback, Andy Dalton have officially agreed on a monumental deal for both parties, according to Sports Illustrated. The fine details have recently been uncovered, leaving lots of people wondering what Cincinnati sees in the young QB.Dalton is coming off of the final year of his rookie contract he signed with the Bengals 4 years ago for a total of $5.2 million. While Dalton has been successful in taking his team to the playoff’s for the last 3 years, he has also been successful at going 0-3 in those playoff games.
|By emeybee via Wikimedia Commons|
So what does this new $96 million dollar contract mean? If you look at the fine print, it means quite a bit. According to Mike Florio, with profootballtalk, Dalton is set to make $18 million at the end of his first year in the new contract. The rest is laid out quite simply:
In addition to annual workout bonuses of $200,000, Dalton has base salaries of $10.5 million in 2016, $13.1 million in 2017, $13.7 million in 2018, $16 million in 2019, and $17.5 million in 2020.
What matters to us football fans isn’t necessarily the check that Dalton is putting in his pocket, but really what this means for him in regards to Fantasy Football teams across the nation. With this new deal, and no guaranteed money for the first 2 years, Dalton still has to fight and prove that he was worth the money. For those of you who like to take a gamble – I dare you to draft him. It may just work out in your favor.