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Dalton signs 6-year, $115 million contract extension

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CINCINNATI — Quarterback Andy Dalton signed a six-year extension with the Bengals on Monday, but the terms were not released. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth up to $115 million.

"We're betting big on him because we believe in him," Bengals owner Mike Brown said.

Dalton, 26, who will be one of the league's highest-paid quarterbacks, said now that the deal is done he can concentrate solely on football.

"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. ''

"It's stating the obvious that this is a key move for the ongoing success of our team," Lewis said.

Dalton has passed for more than 3,000 yards in three seasons. He led the Bengals to an 11-5 record and AFC North title last season and set career highs with 33 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.

Dalton has been criticized for throwing six interceptions with only one touchdown in three postseason losses.

packers to honor FAVRE: Brett Favre is returning to Titletown. Estranged from the franchise he helped resurrect during his 16-year career, the quarterback will be inducted into the Packers' hall of fame and have his number retired next July 18. Favre's No. 4 will be unveiled on the Lambeau Field north end zone facade at halftime of a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2015 season. "I'm truly honored," Favre said from his home in Hattiesburg, Miss. "It is time to come back." Favre retired in 2008, only to decide later that year that he still wanted to play, setting up an awkward showdown between him and the Packers. He was traded to the Jets, retired a second time, then joined the Vikings for two seasons. "In all honesty, I was probably more ready sooner than everyone else was," Favre said. "I knew this moment would come … and I'm just glad we're here, it's in stone, and it will be done."

GIANTS: Running back David Wilson's career is over after two seasons because of a neck injury. The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing. Wilson underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. He missed 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.

bROWNS: Josh Gordon practiced with the team as his appeal hearing with the league took place for a second day in New York. The Pro Bowl wide receiver is appealing his potential one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon's lawyer contends that the 23-year-old tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke.

COWBOYS: Quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Dallas' preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday to rest his back. Romo, 34, had surgery for a herniated disk in the off-season.

Dalton signs 6-year, $115 million contract extension 08/04/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 10:52pm]
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