Cowboys, QB Andy Dalton reach agreement on one-year deal

Andy Dalton is returning house.

Released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Dalton agreed to a one particular-12 months offer with the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced Saturday. The quarterback’s offer has a foundation price of $three million and could be really worth up to $seven million, a source explained to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ahead of getting chosen by the Bengals in the 2nd spherical of the 2011 NFL draft, Dalton played at TCU in Fort Well worth, Texas. He life in Dallas, which usually means he will not have to move his household all through an offseason that has been produced uncertain owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lots of assumed Dalton, 32, would be in placement to locate a place with a a lot less protected starter than Dak Prescott, this kind of as the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots, but he opted to continue being close to house.

Cincinnati drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. one over-all pick very last 7 days, making Dalton expendable. Dalton was established to receive $ million in the final year of a six-12 months, $ninety six million agreement. In 9 seasons with the Bengals, Dalton experienced a 70-sixty one-two file and aided them to the postseason in every single of his 1st 5 seasons, but he was not able to get a playoff sport. He holds the franchise file for landing passes with 204 and is 2nd in passing yards (31,594), but he was benched following an -eight start to the 2019 year.

He returned to the starting off place for the final 5 game titles and recorded equally of Cincinnati’s victories. According to ESPN Stats & Information investigation, Dalton’s Whole QBR in 2019 ranked 27th out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks.

The addition of Dalton does not affect the Cowboys’ emotions towards Prescott, who was specified the unique franchise tag in March at a price of $31.four million. The Cowboys have required to indicator Prescott to a multiyear agreement considering the fact that very last offseason but have not been able to appear to conditions on a offer that would make him one particular of the highest-compensated — if not the highest-compensated — quarterbacks in the NFL.

Prescott, 26, has not missed a sport in his career, but the Cowboys seen the chance to increase Dalton as also great to pass up. Cooper Rush has served as Prescott’s backup the previous three seasons, but he has thrown just three passes. As a restricted no cost agent, Rush is established to make $ million in 2020.

The Cowboys also have quarterbacks Clayton Thorson, who spent very last year on the practice squad, and Ben DiNucci on the roster. The Cowboys took DiNucci in the seventh spherical of very last week’s draft.

Dalton is a three-time Professional Bowler, and Prescott has produced it 2 times in his 4 seasons. The only other NFL team with several quarterbacks who have every single produced several Professional Bowls is the Falcons starter Matt Ryan has produced 4 Professional Bowls, and Matt Schaub has produced two. The Saints, Ravens and Bears also every single have several quarterbacks who have produced it at the very least as soon as.