Andy Dalton is returning property.
Released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Dalton agreed to a a single-12 months offer with the Dallas Cowboys, the staff announced Saturday. The quarterback’s offer has a foundation worth of $three million and could be truly worth up to $7 million, a resource told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Right before staying selected by the Bengals in the next spherical of the 2011 NFL draft, Dalton performed at TCU in Fort Well worth, Texas. He life in Dallas, which usually means he will not have to shift his family throughout an offseason that has been designed unsure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A lot of assumed Dalton, 32, would be in place to come across a location with a significantly less safe starter than Dak Prescott, these types of as the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots, but he opted to remain shut to property.
Cincinnati drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. one overall pick last week, generating Dalton expendable. Dalton was set to make $seventeen.7 million in the ultimate period of a 6-12 months, $ninety six million agreement. In 9 seasons with the Bengals, Dalton experienced a 70-61-2 report and aided them to the postseason in each of his 1st 5 seasons, but he was not able to earn a playoff recreation. He retains the franchise report for touchdown passes with 204 and is next in passing yards (31,594), but he was benched just after an -eight begin to the 2019 period.
He returned to the beginning location for the ultimate 5 game titles and recorded equally of Cincinnati’s victories. According to ESPN Stats & Info investigation, Dalton’s 40.one Full QBR in 2019 rated twenty seventh out of thirty qualifying quarterbacks.
The addition of Dalton does not affect the Cowboys’ feelings toward Prescott, who was presented the exceptional franchise tag in March at a cost of $31.4 million. The Cowboys have preferred to sign Prescott to a multiyear agreement considering the fact that last offseason but have not been in a position to appear to conditions on a offer that would make him a single of the highest-paid — if not the highest-paid — quarterbacks in the NFL.
Prescott, 26, has not missed a recreation in his occupation, but the Cowboys considered the possibility to incorporate Dalton as far too fantastic to pass up. Cooper Hurry has served as Prescott’s backup the previous a few seasons, but he has thrown just a few passes. As a limited absolutely free agent, Hurry is set to make $2.one million in 2020.
The Cowboys also have quarterbacks Clayton Thorson, who used last period on the observe squad, and Ben DiNucci on the roster. The Cowboys took DiNucci in the seventh spherical of last week’s draft.
Dalton is a a few-time Professional Bowler, and Prescott has designed it twice in his 4 seasons. The only other NFL staff with a number of quarterbacks who have each designed a number of Professional Bowls is the Falcons starter Matt Ryan has designed 4 Professional Bowls, and Matt Schaub has designed two. The Saints, Ravens and Bears also each have a number of quarterbacks who have designed it at least at the time.