Andy Dalton agreed to a six-year, $115 million extension from the Bengals, according to ESPN. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported later that the true value is $96 million, with escalators tied to performance that can push it to $115 million max value.
The folks over at Sportrac have crunched the numbers and listed the biggest contracts that are currently active. This list only contains active deals. With all NFL contracts, the last few years probably include a lot of unrealistic and obviously non-guaranteed salaries that will never be paid out. But, it's still fun to take a look at these outrageous numbers! So check out the list of the top 25 NFL contracts, according to contract value, and find out who made the top spot.
All numbers courtesy of Sportrac. See full details of NFL contract values at Sportrac.
Denver Broncos v Houston Texans
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 22: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans has the ball go off his fingertips as Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos defends at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
St Louis Rams v Arizona Cardinals
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 08: Wide receiver Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football after a reception against the St. Louis Rams during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills v Cleveland Browns
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 3: Tackle Joe Thomas #73 and center Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate after defeating the Buffalo Bills during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passes the ball during practice at the NFL football team's training camp on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Jordin Sparks & Jason Derulo Welcome To New York Red, White And Black Super Bowl Party
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Adrian Peterson, Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo attend Jordin Sparks & Jason Derulo Welcome to New York Red, White and Black Super Bowl Party at WIP on January 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers heads up field against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on December 8, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miami won the game 34-28. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons checks the socreboard in the 4th quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 17, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs won 41 - 28. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Dom Perignon And Eric Podwall Host The Evening Before The White House Correspondents' Dinner
GEORGETOWN, WA - MAY 02: Tony Romo (R) and wife Candice Crawford attend the Dom Perignon and Eric Podwall host of the evening before The White House Correspondents' Dinner at Fiola Mare on May 2, 2014 in Georgetown, Washington. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Dom Perignon)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers are seen in Chelsea June 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)