As the Bengals debate on whether or not it pay Andy Dalton like an elite quarterback, two signal-callers in the AFC north are already being paid as such. Both Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco are getting paid around $18 million this upcoming season, and Dalton hopes to join that group.
But as far as on-the-field performance goes, Dalton may actually be better than Flacco, but it's hard to argue Big Ben is the best of those three. In terms of supporting casts, it's hard to beat the Bengals' pass-catching unit of AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham.
Big Ben has the NFL's reigning leader in receiving yardage in Antonio Brown, but he has only Lance Moore, Martavis Bryant and an aging Heath Miller.
And then there's the Cleveland Browns. They'll likely have multiple QBs starting games this year, as the veteran Brian Hoyer looks to hold off the rookie, Johnny Manziel.
The Browns want Hoyer to star Week 1, and why not? At Pittsburgh isn't ideal for any QB, let a lone a rookie. But the odds favor Manziel starting at least one game this coming season. Oh, and they probably won't have Josh Gordon, leaving them with one of the worst WR units in the league.
In terms statistics, which of these QBs will have better 2014 seasons?