The Dallas Cowboys made a move to add some security to their quarterback situation this evening by signing former Cincinnati Bengals and TCU Horned Frogs Quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year contract worth up $7 million. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the former starting quarterback will also receive a $3 million signing bonus.
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.
The move solidified the backup quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys and gave them a veteran arm if the contract situation with starting quarterback Dak Prescott lingers.
Dalton comes to the Dallas Cowboys with a tremendous amount of experience and has even played in the playoffs. Throughout his nine-year career, he’s averaged 3,510 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, per season and has a career passer rating of 87.5.
The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Prescott back in March to prevent him from hitting free agency. However, all parties are confident that a deal will come to fruition.
Cooper Rush, who’s been the backup quarterback the last two seasons, could potentially be the odd man out with his $2.1 million cap hit for 2020.
If the Dallas Cowboys were to keep a third quarterback on the roster for 2020, it would likely come down to seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci, who has a connection to Mike McCarthy.
While this acquisition will cast doubt on the progress of a Dak Prescott extension, it should instead be viewed similarly to the Kyle Orton signing during the Tony Romo era. A veteran presence to add insurance if your highly paid starter were to get injured and miss time.
Andy Dalton gives the Dallas Cowboys a legit starting quarterback in the event Dak Prescott were to suffer an injury in the season. They also have a veteran available to them for their virtual practices that Dak Prescott is not attending, per reports.