Long-time Bengal Andy Dalton signs with the Cowboys

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year contract on Saturday night. Dalton gets to go home with this move, as he is from Katy, Texas.

The 32-year-old has signed a contract that guarantees him $3 million for the 2020 season. He can earn up to $7 million if he reaches the incentives in his deal.

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton high-fives fans as he leaves Paul Brown Stadium after a game against the Miami Dolphins
Andy Dalton high-fives fans as he leaves Paul Brown Stadium after a game against the Miami Dolphins (Photo by the Associated Press/Frank Victores)

Dalton reportedly persuaded the Cowboys to sign him. He had just been released by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Before being approached by the Dalton and his representatives, the team was content on not signing a backup. Cooper Rush — who has been Dak Prescott’s backup for the past two seasons — signed a one-year deal in March.

Besides Rush, the team also has Ben DiNucci, who the team drafted in the seventh-round in the 2020 NFL Draft out of James Madison. In addition, the team also has Clayton Thorson on their depth chart, who was a practice squad player for the Cowboys last season.

Dalton struggled last season — his worst as a member of the Bengals. He won just two games as a starter last season, going 2-11 in 13 starts.

He went 314 of 528 for 3,494 yards. He had 16 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

Dalton has gone 2,757 of 4,449 for 31,594 yards. He has also thrown 204 touchdown passes and 118 interceptions.

Dalton — who is still in his prime — could have signed with a variety of different teams. But an opportunity to be nearly four hours away from his hometown may have had a huge reason in why he chose to sign with the Cowboys.

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