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Former Cincinnati Bengals started quarterback Andy Dalton signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Former Bengal QB Andy Dalton signs a one-year contract worth up to $ 7 million, including $ 3 million guaranteed with the Dallas Cowboys, a source told ESPN.
Dalton returns to Texas.
Katy, Texas native joined ESPN Adam Schefter’s podcast Monday to discuss why he chose Dallas, where he will support starter Dak Prescott (Charean Williams of h / t Pro Football Talk):
“Once I was released, then I had to understand OK, what is going to be best for me, what is going to be best for my future for the next 10 years for me? So, just weighing all the options – I had several options out there, and I had to figure out what was the best situation for me, which was going to prepare me for the next half of my career. After weighing it all, I felt like going to Dallas was going to be the right person for me this year. Like I said earlier, I’m excited. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity. ”
Dalton added, “This team is ready to win. I felt it was the best opportunity for this year, and I hope it prepared me for my future. It was an overall plan. “
The Bengals announced their second-round pick for 2011 on Thursday:
Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals
We released QB Andy Dalton. Andy has not only been an exceptional player on the field, but a role model in the Cincinnati community for the past nine years.
Thanks for everything, Andy. https://t.co/pBj9THIot5
Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals
An undeniable impact on the community
Thanks, Andy! https://t.co/tf4XATV0by
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported on Sunday that Dalton had five other contenders.
Dalton attended TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, before landing in Cincinnati. The 32-year-old will not have to make much of the Cowboys, as he lives in Dallas during the off-season, according to Williams.
The three-time Pro Bowler is the Bengals’ all-time leader in touchdowns (204) and second in the history of the passing yards franchise (31,594). Dalton has helped Cincinnati make the playoffs for five consecutive years (2011-15), but has never won a post-season game (he missed the 2015 Bengals playoff game with an injury).
He told Schefter that he is looking forward to improving with Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, who Dallas hired in January, and winning football:
Jon Machota @jonmachota
Andy Dalton on the @AdamSchefter podcast to join the Cowboys: “This team is ready to win. I felt like it was the best opportunity for this year and I hope it will prepare me for my future. … I feel like I have a lot of good football left. “Https://t.co/JHuqROHR1j
Dalton’s signing sparked conversations about how Prescott will be affected by having a veteran quarterback as a replacement while he negotiates a contract with the Cowboys:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
From @NFLTotalAccess: #Cowboys signed QB backup Andy Dalton, but what does that mean for Dak Prescott? (Spoiler: Nada.) Https://t.co/aCePJr3hhX
Highly quarantined @HQonESPN
“Andy Dalton is not the guy who comes to take your job. “
– @ Foxworth24 does not think that Dak Prescott has anything to fear https://t.co/tboq5uQycY
Dallas has put the exclusive franchise label on Prescott, and the two sides have until July 15 to agree to a long-term agreement.
Dalton will again become a free agent after the 2020 season.