Launched by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Andy Dalton agreed to a one-year cope with the Dallas Cowboys, the workforce introduced Saturday. The quarterback’s deal has a base worth of $three million and may very well be price as much as $7 million, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Earlier than being chosen by the Bengals within the second spherical of the 2011 NFL draft, Andy Dalton performed at TCU in Fort Value, Texas. He lives in Dallas, which implies he is not going to have to maneuver his household throughout an offseason that has been made unsure because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many assumed Dalton, 32, could be in place to discover a spot with a much less safe starter than Dak Prescott, such because the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots, however he opted to stay near house.
Cincinnati drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 general decide final week, making Andy Dalton expendable. Dalton was set to earn $17.7 million within the last season of a six-year, $96 million contract. In 9 seasons with the Bengals, Dalton had a 70-61-2 document and helped them to the postseason in every of his first 5 seasons, however he was unable to win a playoff recreation. He holds the franchise document for landing passes with 204 and is second in passing yards (31,594), however he was benched after an 0-Eight begin to the 2019 season.
He returned to the beginning spot for the ultimate 5 video games and recorded each of Cincinnati’s victories. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis, Dalton’s 40.1 Complete QBR in 2019 ranked 27th out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks.
The addition of andy Dalton doesn’t have an effect on the Dallas Cowboys’ emotions towards Prescott, who was given the unique franchise tag in March at a price of $31.four million. The Dallas Cowboys have needed to signal Prescott to a multiyear contract since final offseason however haven’t been capable of come to phrases on a deal that may make him one of many highest-paid — if not the highest-paid — quarterbacks within the NFL.
Prescott, 26, has not missed a recreation in his profession, however the Cowboys considered the chance so as to add Andy Dalton as too good to go up. Cooper Rush has served as Prescott’s backup the previous three seasons, however he has thrown simply three passes. As a restricted free agent, Rush is about to make $2.1 million in 2020.
The Cowboys even have quarterbacks Clayton Thorson, who spent final season on the follow squad, and Ben DiNucci on the roster. The Dallas Cowboys took DiNucci within the seventh spherical of final week’s draft.
Andy Dalton is a three-time Professional Bowler, and Prescott has made it twice in his 4 seasons. The one different NFL workforce with a number of quarterbacks who’ve every made a number of Professional Bowls is the Falcons; starter Matt Ryan has made 4 Professional Bowls, and Matt Schaub has made two. The Saints, Ravens and Bears additionally every have a number of quarterbacks who’ve made it no less than as soon as.