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Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown recently declared he believed quarterback Andy Dalton’s next contract should be in the range of Colin Kaepernick’s new deal.
Although the numbers and structure of Dalton’s contract are not official, it seems Kaepernick’s contract did provide the parameters for the Bengals' agreement with Dalton.
Dalton reportedly agreed Monday to a six-year contract extension worth $96 million, according to Pro Football Talk. (The deal can reportedly top out at $115 million, if Dalton hits all of his incentives.)
Kaepernick’s deal, which he signed on June 5, is a six-year extension through the 2020 season and is worth a total of $115 million with another $12 million available in escalators.
Kaepernick can reach those escalators if he is named first or second-team Associated Press All-Pro or if the 49ers/Kaepernick achieve each of the following: win the NFC Championship, he takes part in 80-percent play time in the regular season and 80-percent cumulative play time in the team’s playoff games, not including the Super Bowl.
Cincinnati selected Dalton with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2011 draft. The 49ers traded up to take Kaepernick at No. 36.
The Bengals were 11-5 last season, but are 0-3 in the playoffs with Dalton at the controls. Last season, Dalton completed 363 of 586 pass attempts (61.9 percent) for 4,293 yards with 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions for a passer rating of 88.8. He gained 183 yards and two touchdowns rushing.
Meanwhile, the 49ers were 12-4 last season in Kaepernick’s first full year as the starter. The 49ers’ playoff record with Kaepernick is 4-2. Kaepernick completed 243 of 416 attempts (58.4) for 3,197 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a passer rating of 91.6 last season. Kaepernick also added 524 yards and four touchdowns rushing.