Andy Dalton is returning house.
Launched by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Dalton agreed to a one-year cope with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The quarterback’s deal has a base worth of $three million and might be price as much as $7 million, the supply mentioned.
Earlier than being chosen by the Bengals within the second spherical of the 2011 NFL draft, Dalton performed at TCU in Fort Value, Texas, and calls the world house, which suggests 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, can 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 Dalton expendable. Dalton was set to earn $17.7 million within the closing season of a six-year, $96 million contract. In 9 seasons with the Bengals, Dalton had a 70-61-2 report 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 report 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 keeping with ESPN Stats & Info analysis, Dalton’s 40.1 Complete QBR in 2019 ranked 27th out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks.
The addition of Dalton doesn’t have an effect on the Cowboys’ emotions towards Prescott, who was given the unique franchise tag in March at a price of $31.four million. The Cowboys have wished to signal Prescott to a multiyear contract since final offseason however haven’t been in a position to come to phrases on a deal that will 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 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 ready to make $2.1 million in 2020.
The Cowboys even have quarterbacks Clayton Thorson, who spent final season on the apply squad, and Ben DiNucci on the roster. The Cowboys took DiNucci within the seventh spherical of final week’s draft.