You can count SiriusXM radio host, Adam Schein as someone who's not a fan of the deal Andy Dalton signed with the Bengals on Monday. He was critical of the Bengals' decision to not wait to give Dalton a new deal until he's proven his worth more than he already has.
Schein brings up the Ravens and Joe Flacco as an example that the bengals should have used in negotiating a new deal for Dalton. The difference between Dalton and Flacco is that the salary cap was more stable when Baltimore was deciding on when to re-sign Flacco.
In recent years, the salary cap for all 32 NFL teams jumped from $120.6 million in 2012 to $123 million in 2013, and is now $133 million in 2014. The Ravens didn't have to worry about Flacco's market value rising significantly with a rising salary cap like the Bengals have to worry about with Dalton.
In comparison, the cap could spike to $145 million in 2015 and $160 million in 2016, according to Mike Florio. That makes the deal the Bengals gave Dalton now a far better value than one they would have had to potentially give him when the cap rose another $12-25 million over the next two years.
Even if Dalton plays at the same level he played in 2013, his value will rise by default due to the salary cap rising so much. That made this a deal that needed to get done, and considering how incentive-heavy the deal is, Schein should be praising the Bengals for their smart negotiating tactics.