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Dalton letting contract play out 'how it's supposed to'
| 4 weeks ago

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has no ill will toward Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Dalton, in fact, is thrilled Cousins and Garoppolo received huge offseason paydays and hopes to net some of that good fortune down the road.

"I feel like it's definitely trending upward," Dalton told Pro Football Talk at TCU's Pro Day on Friday. "It's every year it's a new guy that's making the most in the NFL, has the most guaranteed and all of that kind of stuff, but with the salary cap going on, there's more money to hand out.

"I'm happy for Kirk. Kirk's obviously played a couple of years on the franchise tag, so when you do that, he had leverage to get the contract that he got. We'll see if it's the new trend."

Cousins signed a three-year deal for $84 million guaranteed with the Minnesota Vikings, while Garoppolo's five-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers will pay him an average of $27.5 million per season.

Dalton has three seasons remaining on a six-year contract extension he signed in 2014, one campaign after recording career highs in yards passing (4,293) and touchdown passes (33). The 30-year-old is due $13.9 million this year and is ranked 17th in pay for quarterbacks, per

"I'm still a couple of years away from my contract being up," Dalton said. "It's what I agreed to. It's what I signed, so we're going to let it all play out how it's supposed to."

Bengals vice president Troy Blackburn said this week that the team isn't interested in re-working Dalton's contract this year.

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