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Bengals' Dalton agrees to contract extension

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Updated: 8/04 11:17 am

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton have agreed to a long-term contract.

Dalton still had a year left on his rookie deal and now has a six-year extension in place through the 2020 season. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but multiple reports indicate the pact to be worth $115 million.

"I'm so thankful to be in this position," said Dalton at a press conference Monday. "To get this opportunity to come to the city of Cincinnati and play for the Bengals ... and now sign this extension, be a part of this team for a long time ... I'm very thankful."

Dalton has been the Bengals' starting quarterback since the club selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has helped the team to a record of 30-18 and three straight playoff appearances during his brief tenure. The Bengals have yet to win a playoff game in that span, though, losing in the wild card round each time.

In 16 games last season, the TCU product threw for franchise records of 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns with 20 interceptions as the Bengals captured the AFC North title. Cincinnati went on to lose a home playoff game to San Diego.

"Andy has done tremendous things here and we're excited to move forward," said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on Monday. "He's had a great start (to his career). He has, in every way, met our expectations. He has continued to grow from being the starting quarterback to the leader of the offense, to now truly being the leader of the football team."

Dalton has thrown for 11,360 yards with 80 touchdowns and 49 interceptions in 48 games, all starts. He has also run for seven scores.

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