Comparing Andy Dalton vs. Colin Kaepernick

The Bengals are trying to re-sign Andy Dalton to a long-term extension.

The San Francisco 49ers just inked Colin Kaepernick to a 6-year extension that pays him $18 million annually.

Dalton was the 35th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, while Kaepernick went 36th to the 49ers.

Kaepernick has played in 32 career games, completing 382/639 passes for 5,046 yards and 31 touchdowns. He's started all six postseason games in which he has appeared, including two NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl.

In 2013, Kaepernick started all 16 regular season games, setting career highs in completions (243), passing yards (3,197) and passing touchdowns (21), while also recording 92 rushing attempts for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

As for Dalton, in 48 career games, he's completed 992/1,630 passes (60.9%) for 11,360 yards (7.0 yards per attempt) with 80 TDs vs. 49 interceptions. He's rushed 145 times for 455 yards (3.1 yards per carry) with seven TDs. 

In 2013, Dalton completed 363/586 passes (61.9%) for 4,293 yards (7.3 ypa) with 33 TDs and 20 interceptions while rushing 61 times for 183 yards (3.0 ypc) and two TDs.

Looking at their records as starting QBs, Dalton is 30-18 in the regular season, but 0-3 in the postseason. Kaepernick is 17-6 in the regular season, but 4-2 in the postseason.

In the playoffs, Dalton has completed 70/123 passes (56.9%) with one TD and six interceptions in three games.

As for Kaeprnick's six postseason games, he's thrown for 1,374 yards and seven touchdowns vs. five interceptions while completing 94/162 passes (58%). He's also rushed for 507 yards and four touchdowns on 51 rushing attempts in the playoffs.

Kaepernick’s 507 rushing yards ranks second among all quarterbacks in NFL postseason history, trailing only Hall of Famer Steve Young's 594 yards.

Does any of this mean Mike Brown is willing to pay Dalton what Kaepernick is getting? Not if Brown thinks it's a bad deal.

In the end, Dalton is probably not getting the same kind of deal Kaepernick got, but he and his agent will push to get a close of a deal to Kaepernick's as they can.

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