“We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He can get back focusing on football. He doesn’t have to go into the season and worry about this contract thing, every week someone is going to ask him a question … all those things that come into play later on. Let’s get it behind us.”
Dalton, 26, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and should be interesting player to watch given that he has led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his first three years in the league. However, they have managed to lose in the first-round all three times.
“We are hopeful we can get a deal done that doesn’t preclude us from doing everything else we also want to continue to do — and soon — because we are sitting on a chunk of cap in order to get him done and continue to put the team together around him,” Lewis said.
Bengals owner Mike Brown referred to Dalton’s contract situation as a “dilemma” on Monday, so we’ll have to what type of contract is able to secure from Cincinnati.
Last year, Dalton completed 61.9 percent of his passes for a career-high 4,296 yards 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.