The fourth-year QB, a Pro Bowl pick in 2011, said he's "confident" it will get done but doesn't have a timetable for when it will happen, according to the report:
"I'm confident. And both sides are working on it. We haven't given a deadline, we haven't talked about a deadline. We don't expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does."
The 26-year-old has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and Bengals owner Mike Brown has said he would use the franchise tag on him if a deal can't get done. He did say though that Dalton will be the "quarterback here for the immediate future."
Dalton set career-highs last year for passing yards (4,293), touchdowns (33) and passer rating (88.8).
- Marc Weinreich