Bengals sign Dalton to $115M, six-year deal
Cincinnati • The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday made Andy Dalton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.
Dalton signed a six-year extension. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth up to $115 million and will prevent Dalton playing out the final year of his rookie contract.
The deal was announced at a news conference on Monday, but financial details were not released.
Dalton said he is relieved to have the deal finalized before the season.
"You do have it in the back of your mind, when is it going to get done," Dalton said. "Now we don't have to worry about it. Like [coach] Marvin [Lewis] said, just play the game and I don't have to have this hanging over me.
"To get this opportunity to come to the city of Cincinnati, get drafted here and play for the Bengals and now sign this extension and be here for a long time, I'm just so blessed."
Added Dalton: "We're excited to know we're going to be here for a long time."
Dalton has passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of his three seasons. He led the Bengals to an 11-5 record and AFC North title in 2013. He set career highs with 33 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.
Dalton was a second-round draft choice in 2011.
"Andy is not only a fine player, I think he is an exceptional person," said Bengals president Mike Brown in a statement released by the team. "Nobody has more respect in our building than he. I would tell you that of all the quarterbacks we have had, he is respected by his teammates as much as any of them."
Despite his regular-season success, Dalton has been criticized for throwing six interceptions with only one touchdown in three postseason losses.
Lewis said Dalton is still improving.
"It's stating the obvious that this is a key move for the ongoing success of our team," Lewis said. "I congratulate our front office, and Andy and his representatives, for coming together to make this happen in a constructive way for the football team. Andy is still a young player, he has led us to the playoffs three straight years, and by far we have not seen the best of him yet."
Around the league
Giants • New York Giants running back David Wilson's NFL career is over because of a back injury.
The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing. He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. At practice last Tuesday, he caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.
He missed the last 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.
Browns • Johnny Manziel took a planned trip one slot up the depth chart. There's no telling how long No. 2 will stay No. 1.
The rookie quarterback took snaps with Cleveland's starters for the first time in practice at training camp on Monday, moving ahead of Brian Hoyer for at least one day.
Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel's promotion was simply the next step in the club's evaluation of the two quarterbacks in the second full week of their competition for the starting job.
"It's just part of our plan," Pettine said. "We said we were going to allow the quarterbacks to compete, at some point you've got to mix up the supporting cast a little bit. It's all part of it."
Green Bay • Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired next year.
Favre writes on his official website that it will be an honor to have his name placed among others such Bart Starr, Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke and Vince Lombardi, to name a few.
Favre says it wouldn't be possible if not for the foresight of former general manager Ron Wolf, who he says is the greatest GM in the history of the NFL.
It's been six years since Favre "retired" from the Packers, tried to return, then went on to play for the New York Jets and rival Minnesota Vikings.
Cowboys • Tony Romo wrapped up his most strenuous day so far at training camp by saying his surgically repaired back would get a rest: He will not play in the preseason opener at San Diego.
The Dallas quarterback also planned to sit out a day of practice this week, the latest indication that the Cowboys are closely managing the 34-year-old Romo's recovery.
Bears • Chicago's second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson is out indefinitely after breaking his collarbone in practice on Monday. Wilson was injured while diving for a pass in a scrimmage. Coach Marc Trestman said it's too soon to know how long the seventh-round draft pick from Washington State will be out.
N.Y. Giants 17, Buffalo 13
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 5 p.m.
New England at Washington, 5:30 p.m.
San Francisco at Baltimore, 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 6 p.m.
Seattle at Denver, 7 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego, 8 p.m.
Miami at Atlanta, 5 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina, 5:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago, 6 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
Cleveland at Detroit, 5:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants, 5:30 p.m.
Green Bay at Tennessee, 6 p.m.
Houston at Arizona, 6:30 p.m.
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