Cowboys Sign QB Andy Dalton to 1-Year Deal

Andy Dalton with Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9305816df)

Less than a week after being released from the team that he quarterbacked for nearly a decade, Andy Dalton found a new NFL home after inking a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Texas native, who spent nine years as the starting quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, will join the Cowboys on a deal that will have him serve as Dak Prescott’s backup.

Dalton was supplanted as Cincinnati’s quarterback by the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Joe Burrow. After a 2019 season that saw his production dip for the league-worst Bengals, the team decided to move on from the three-time Pro Bowler.

Dalton, who grew up only four hours south of Arlington in the Houston suburb of Katy, is set to earn $7 million dollars on his one-year deal.

The 32-year-old signal caller is set to use the 2020 season as an opportunity to challenge Prescott for playing time in Dallas and rebuild his market value for the 2021 season and beyond. Despite not finding a starting job for the 2020 season, it isn’t unreasonable to think that a team would gamble on him in the near future.

Dalton is expected to report to Cowboys’ training camp later on this summer.