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Behind Andy Dalton's contract numbers

CINCINNATI -- By now you've probably read about how the Cincinnati Bengals structured Andy Dalton's contract in a way that works well for both him and the team.

Dalton has a chance to make as much as $115 million over the life of his six-year contract extension. He's at least in line to see $96 million if he remains with the organization through 2020.

It's a deal that also provides relatively easy outs for the team if it ever feels beyond 2015 that it wants to move on from him because his performance didn't meet the expectations it set forth. The agents to whom I've spoken see it as a team-friendly contact, but they also can see where Dalton didn't get fleeced. The $25 million Dalton stands to make in the first two years of the deal is about what had been expected. For a player viewed as arguably a second- or third-tier signal-caller, Dalton's extension has been viewed by player reps I've talked to as a win. Most wish the guaranteed money he received went beyond the first three days of the deal, though.

Dalton is slated to make $17 million of guaranteed money. He earned a $12 million signing bonus when he signed and will claim a $5 million roster bonus for this season on Thursday. He also has $100,000 coming Thursday for a roster bonus that was part of his rookie deal.

When it comes to awarding guaranteed money early, this is part of the Bengals' contractual practices. They typically give whatever guaranteed money they're awarding up front, while increasing base salaries as the deal continues. Some teams backload contracts with guaranteed money or offer de-escalators and decreasing base salaries. It's a way the Bengals feel they are exercising a measure of loyalty and trust in the player and his agent.

Dalton was set to have a cap value around $1.7 million this season before the deal was struck. Now he'll make just more than $9 million, while averaging $16 million during the life of the deal.

Courtesy our friends at ESPN Stats & Information, here is that year-by-year breakdown of Dalton's contract:

2014

Base salary: $986,027

Proration: $2,973,036

Roster bonus: $5,100,00*

Workout bonus: $0

Cap Value: $9,059,063

Cash Value: $18,086,027

Dead Money: $12,573,036

Guaranteed Money: $5,000,000

Cap Savings: -$8,53,973

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $1,086,027

*He makes an additional $100,000 reporting bonus from his previous contract.

2015

Base salary: $3,000,000*

Proration: $2,400,000

Roster bonus: $4,000,000

Workout bonus: $200,000

Cap Value: $9,600,000

Cash Value: $7,200,000

Dead Money: $9,600,000

Guaranteed Money: $0

Cap Savings: $0

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $7,200,000

*He can make up to $3 million with escalators involving playing time, making the playoffs and advancing in the playoffs.

2016

Base salary: $10,500,000*

Proration: $2,400,000

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $200,000

Cap Value: $13,100,000

Cash Value: $10,700,000

Dead Money: $7,200,000

Guaranteed Money: $0

Cap Savings: $5,900,000

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $10,700,000

*He can make up to $3 million with escalators involving playing time, making the playoffs and advancing in the playoffs.

2017

Base salary: $13,100,000*

Proration: $2,400,000

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $200,000

Cap Value: $15,700,000

Cash Value: $13,300,000

Dead Money: $4,800,000

Guaranteed Money: $0

Cap Savings: $10,900,000

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $13,300,000

*He can make up to $3 million with escalators involving playing time, making the playoffs and advancing in the playoffs.

2018

Base salary: $13,700,000*

Proration: $2,400,000

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $200,000

Cap Value: $$16,300,000

Cash Value: $13,900,000

Dead Money: $2,400,000

Guaranteed Money: $0

Cap Savings: $13,900,000

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $13,900,000

*He can make up to $3 million with escalators involving playing time, making the playoffs and advancing in the playoffs.

2019

Base salary: $16,000,000*

Proration: $0

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $200,000

Cap Value: $16,200,000

Cash Value: $16,200,000

Dead Money: $0

Guaranteed Money: $0

Cap Savings: $16,200,000

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $16,200,000

*He can make up to $3 million with escalators involving playing time, making the playoffs and advancing in the playoffs.

2020

Base salary: $17,500,000*

Proration: $0

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $200,000

Cap Value: $17,700,000

Cash Value: $17,700,000

Dead Money: $0

Guaranteed Money: $0

Cap Savings: $17,7000,000

Post-June 1 Cap Savings: $17,700,000

*He can make up to $3 million with escalators involving playing time, making the playoffs and advancing in the playoffs.