A.J. Green: Andy Dalton will get new deal before season

A.J. Green only wants to catch passes from Andy Dalton, and he’s confident his wish is coming true.

The Bengals’ All-Pro receiver told the team’s official website that Dalton will sign a long-term contract extension prior to the season.

“I know they know he’s the guy…I feel like they’re going to get something done before the season starts,” Green said.

Due $1.86 million in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract, Dalton received heavy criticism following a mistake-filled 2013 campaign, when he tossed a career-high 20 interceptions and committed three turnovers in Cincinnati’s first-round playoff loss.

Green, in what’s become a theme this offseason, went to bat for his quarterback.

“A lot of people give him crap about not winning a playoff game, but we’ve made the playoffs the last three seasons,” Green said. “We’ve won 10 or more games (twice). Playoff games…we’re still young. I feel like we’re going to win them, it just takes time.”

Last month, Dalton said he’d be open to an incentive-laden pact similar to the controversial seven-year, $126.97 million deal given to 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick. With Bengals frugal owner Mike Brown calling the shots, however, Dalton shouldn’t hold his breath.

Despite Green’s backing, Dalton has graded out marginally through his first three seasons. He doesn’t possess the skill nor resume of Kaepernick, who in the same timespan has guided his club to a Super Bowl appearance. Expecting to get paid like him is simply unrealistic.

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