Report: Cowboys and Dalton Agree To A One-Year Deal Worth Up To $7 Million
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, May 3, 2020
The Cowboys sign a backup quarterback at the same time when their starter is without a long-term deal
For the first time in the Dak Prescott era, the Dallas Cowboys have found themselves a reliable backup quarterback--at the same time where the former fourth-round pick is looking for a long-term deal.
ESPN’s Adam Shefter reported Saturday that former Bengals starter Andy Dalton has signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys worth up to seven million--three of it being guaranteed.
The native of Katy, Texas, who now resides in Fort Worth, played the entirety of his college career at Texas Christian University prior to being a second-round pick of Cincinnati in 2011.
In nine seasons with the Bengals, Dalton appeared in five playoff games, but without a victory.
The three-time pro bowler (2011, 2014, 2016) is the Bengals franchise leader in passing touchdowns with 204.
Dalton will join a team who isn’t coached by Jason Garrett for the first time since 2009, as Mike McCarthy will lead a team who hasn’t appeared in a NFC Championship game since the 1995 season.
The Cowboys applied the franchise tag to Prescott in March, and face the potential of a hold out from the former Mississippi State field general if a new long-term deal is not reached before the start of the 2020 season.
The former Bengal, who is set to turn 33 in October, is an insurance policy for the Cowboys under centre.
Prescott has never missed a game in his career--64 opportunities, and 64 starts. A call for panic on the injury front has never been a reality for Dallas’ quarterback situation since the latter half of the Tony Romo days.
But not all observers of the team saw the move as a way to strongly solidify the quarterback depth chart.
Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant voiced his displeasure of the signing via Twitter on Saturday night.
Nothing against Andy dalton because I think he’s a great player..but the cowboys are extremely out of line... Pay Dak... I watched the cowboys pay Tony Twice once without a winning rec... I guess the cowboys viewing the QB position a plug in piece because of the dominant offense— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) May 3, 2020
The dominant offence that Bryant refers to is one that will see Oklahoma standout CeeDee Lamb, and recently extended Amari Cooper as receviers.
It is evident though the delays of a Prescott deal being finalized that the Cowboys are playing the waiting game, but it's one that the other side of the negotating table has no problem playing as well.
Undrafted free agent from 2017, Cooper Rush, has served as Prescott's backup for the last two seasons, after playing the role of third stringer in 2017 behind current offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
With Dalton, the Cowboys now have a backup quarterback who they can trust, making themselves a team with one of the best quartetback duos in the NFL.
It has been a need in Dallas since the departure of Tony Romo, and now is has become a reality.
The Cowboys have a backup--but it's because they need one, not because Prescott hasn't been given a long-term deal.