- La Canfora adds that, as of now, the two sides “aren’t close.”
- La Canfora doesn’t anticipate an agreement happening between now and the start of the season and could see talks tabled until next January.
- La Canfora points out that the a lack of a true second tier of quarterback contracts has complicated the situation.
Cincinnati doesn’t want to pay Dalton as much as some recent quarterbacks have secured from their respective teams, but Dalton’s camp isn’t all that intrigued by a long-term deal that doesn’t include much money up front.
Dalton, 26, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make $986,027 for the 2014 season. He’s led Cincinnati to the playoffs in each of his first three years in the league, but has yet to win a single postseason game.
Last year, Dalton completed 61.9 percent of his passes for a career-high 4,296 yards 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
We have Dalton listed as the No. 21 player in our Top 25 – 2015 Free Agents list.