The winner wasn’t Jacksonville, nor New England. The Jets showed interest late, but their horse came up short, too.
The Andy Dalton sweepstakes ended just as it began, as the former Cincinnati Bengal signed with the Dallas Cowboys Saturday evening. The contract with Dallas is for one year that includes $3 million guaranteed, and can be worth up to $7 million.
The 32-year-old was released Thursday after he asked the Bengals to release him, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Per Pro Football Reference, Dalton brings a career 70-61-2 record, 204 touchdowns, 62.0 completion percentage and 87.5 quarterback rating to the Big D.
While it is technically a new professional football home for Dalton, he is familiar with the area, as he already owns a home in Dallas, and went to nearby TCU from 2007-2010 before being drafted in the second round by Cincinnati in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The move for the Cowboys, while puzzling on the surface, is much simpler the deeper the shovel digs.
Before the move, the backup to quarterback Dak Prescott was Cooper Rush, followed by Ben DiNucci, who was drafted in the 7th round in the 2020 NFL Draft. With Dalton in the fold, the depth chart gets pushed back and provides more stability in the second-string should Prescott get injured.
While the Cowboys receive an experienced veteran to take the reins on the backup position, Dalton receives a contract from a team in an area he is familiar with. This leads to a healthy and friendly contract both sides agree with.