Andy Dalton's future with the Cincinnati Bengals continues to be an offseason issue.

The quarterback enters the final year of his rookie contract having taken his team to three straight playoff games -- in which he played miserably on each occasion. Owner Mike Brown called the decision to give Dalton a big contract a dilemma earlier this offseason.

The signal-caller said Monday he believes he should get paid like the face of the franchise.

"It's a quarterback-driven league, so quarterbacks get rewarded a lot of money," Dalton said per ESPN.com. "For a lot of these quarterbacks, if you're the quarterback of the team, you're the face of the franchise. So these teams obviously believe in their guy and they're going to pay him that way."

Dalton said during negotiations his camp is comparing his first three years with those of other franchise quarterbacks.

"(Joe) Flacco, (Aaron) Rodgers, (Drew) Brees. Who else is up there? Matt Ryan," he said laughing, when asked who is the best comparison, per the team's official website.

Those four are among the highest-paid players in the NFL, so while perhaps he was being a bit cheeky, it's clear he doesn't want to give Brown a discount at quarterback