Andy Dalton’s college career was played in Fort Worth at TCU. Nine years after graduating from TCU, it appears he’s returning home.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that Dalton is signing a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The deal is worth up to $7 million with $3 million of it guaranteed.
The move makes a lot of sense for Dallas that has desperately been looking for a good backup to Dak Prescott. Dalton’s home is located in Dallas so it’s a win-win for both sides.
Dalton has spent the last nine seasons starting at quarterback for the Bengals. He’s been voted to the Pro Bowl three times and took Cincinnati to the playoffs four times. Last season was Dalton’s toughest after being benched for rookie Ryan Finley. After Finley struggled, Dalton was called back into action. He finished with 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Dalton’s Impact on Dallas in One Year
The Cowboys’ backup quarterback last season was Cooper Rush. Not the most relaxing thought for Dallas fans. Having a player of Dalton’s status who has been successful in the NFL is a win for Dallas. Prescott now has some insurance behind him should he go down with injury.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy knew one of the biggest needs for the team was backup quarterback. He now has a veteran quarterback in Dalton that could help Prescott go to the next level. Despite Prescott having more playoff success than Dalton, the experience Dalton brings can only benefit Prescott’s game.
This will be a good experience for Dalton as well. He could take this time to work on aspects of his game to get better and possibly shoot for a starting job elsewhere after the season. Plus, he’ll be much closer to him where he can spend more time with his family in Dallas. This could be the move that helps Dalton’s legacy in the NFL.
Could Dalton Start Over Prescott?
Pro Football Talk wrote an interesting article Saturday night about the Dalton signing. They suggested that Dalton could be used as bait for Dallas to rescind their franchise tag of Prescott.
It does bring up an interesting situation where Dallas could potentially save roughly $20 million if they rescind the offer. Prescott could be out and looking for a job elsewhere. The problem is most teams have their quarterback situations under control. New England and Jacksonville would most likely be the top spots, but they don’t have the salary cap to do so.
This move is obviously outrageous as Dallas most likely brought Dalton in to be the backup. There would be no chance that he wins the job from Prescott unless he outperforms Prescott. The quarterback job is Prescott’s to lose. While it’s temping to save money on paying Prescott, it’s clear that Prescott is the right man for the job. Prescott is the face of the Dallas franchise and will be for a long time.