It felt like the New England Patriots were going to be the first team to jump on signing the recently released Andy Dalton, but another one of the NFL’s most hated teams snagged the veteran quarterback first.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Dalton is heading back to his home state of Texas after he signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, including $3 million guaranteed.
Former Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton is signing a one-year deal worth up to $7 million that includes $3 million guaranteed with the Dallas Cowboys, source tells ESPN.
Dalton is returning to Texas.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2020
The Cincinnati Bengals released Dalton this past Thursday after they drafted former LSU Tiger and reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow. Dalton, who is 32 years old, spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Bengals and was a respectable starting quarterback during his tenure. While he wasn’t considered an “elite” player by any means, Dalton produced winning numbers and made the postseason in all of his first five seasons. He holds franchise records for passing touchdowns and is second in total passing yards.
However, a coaching change and an 0-9 start to the 2019 season saw Dalton benched. The Bengals elected not to take on the remaining $17.7 million left on the final year of his contract, and now he’ll back up Cowboys starting quarterback, Dak Prescott.
Dalton attended college at Texas Christain University (TCU) before making the leap to the NFL and he even has a home in Dallas already. You could argue he’s now the most talented backup in the league. The Cowboys have a history of signing backup QBs to sizable deals as “backup plans” and Dalton is about as good as they’ll be able to find.
I’m sure this will go over well among the “Pay Dak Prescott His Money” group of believers.
Will you be cheering on the newest Cowboy?