Bengals sign Dalton to six-year extension

Dalton is one of three QBs (Peyton Manning and Cam Newton) to top 3,000 yards passing in each of their first three seasons. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Monday that they have signed quarterback Andy Dalton to a six-year contract extension through the 2020 season. ESPN reports the deal is for $115 million.

The 2011 second-round pick is coming off his finest NFL season, having finished third in the NFL in touchdown passes with 33 and seventh in passing yardage (4,293) despite being picked off 20 times.

Dalton has improved his QB rating, yards per attempt and yards-per-game steadily in each of his three years in the league.

“Andy is not only a fine player, I think he is an exceptional person,” said Bengals president Mike Brown in a statement released by the team. “Nobody has more respect in our building than he. I would tell you that of all the quarterbacks we have had, he is respected by his teammates as much as any of them.”

Dalton has not missed a start in his three seasons with the Bengals, and his 30-18 regular-season record gives him the best winning percentage (.625) of any Bengals quarterback with 10 or more starts.