On Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Dallas Cowboys will be signing former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million that includes $3 million guaranteed. The Cowboys later confirmed the signing. The move was a bit surprising since many thought that Dalton may sign with a team that would give him a chance to start in 2020.
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One of the main reason’s that Dalton signed with the Cowboys is that Dallas is his home, which means he will not have to move his family during an offseason that has been made uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalton played his college football at nearby TCU.
Some have speculated that the Cowboys may have signed Dalton to send a message to current quarterback Dak Prescott, who is the middle of contract talks with the Cowboys. However, sources with the Cowboys have stated that this was more about adding depth, not about leverage. By signing Dalton, the Cowboys have added a quarterback who has 31,954 passing yards, 204 touchdowns and has playoff experience. Dalton had also stated that the timing of his release made it difficult to sign with other teams.
Dalton was released when Cincinnati drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. In nine seasons with the Bengals, Dalton had a 70-61-2 record and helped them to the postseason in each of his first five seasons, but was unable to lead them to a victory in those games.
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