The 2020 NFL Draft came to a conclusion last Saturday night and with their final pick the Dallas Cowboys added to their quarterback room. Dallas, of course, has starter Dak Prescott. This is the very same Dak Prescott that is in need of a new contract as the team placed the franchise tag on him this offseason. The Cowboys have had Cooper Rush behind Prescott for the last three seasons, but the drafting of Ben DiNucci indicates that they want some other sort of option there as well.
Saturday night the Cowboys gave themselves an option of a different kind at quarterback. While the last additions that Dallas has made to that position have all come by way of draft picks or draft eligible players (Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush was a UDFA, Mike White previously, and now Ben DiNucci), the Cowboys are doing something that many have wanted to see for a while. They are adding a veteran backup quarterback.
The Dallas Cowboys are signing longtime Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton
A quarterback room of Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush, and Ben DiNucci may not be enough for the 2020 and beyond Dallas Cowboys, and as a result they have added to it. Longtime Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is now part of America’s Team.
Former Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton is signing a one-year deal worth up to $7 million that includes $3 million guaranteed with the Dallas Cowboys, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2020
Dalton is returning to Texas.
Dalton starred as a Texas high school football product in Katy and has spent the last nine years playing professionally in Cincinnati. With the Bengals having had the draft’s number one overall pick and selecting LSU’s Joe Burrow, the organization officially moved on from Dalton this past week which left him available to sign with whoever he wanted. He is back in the Lone Star State.
There will obviously be thoughts that this signing has to do with the status fo Dak Prescott’s contract negotiations. While that take is unstoppable, this should be looked at as the Cowboys deciding that a veteran backup is a much more preferable path than an undrafted free agent that they started developing three years ago or a seventh-round rookie. Mike McCarthy has said that part of the reason that he took the Cowboys head coaching job was because of Dak Prescott, he clearly wants to outfit the rest of the room with players that he sees as part of the overall plan.
McCarthy has also spoken of wanting to have quarterbacks on the roster behind the starter much like the Green Bay Packers did back in the 1990s with Brett Favre and the players that backed up him. With Dalton as the unquestioned reserve and DiNucci as the project to work on for the future the Cowboys are now set around their starter in Dak Prescott.
Welcome aboard, Andy Dalton.