Andy Dalton was unemployed for less than three days.
The 32-year-old Dalton, who was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys over the weekend. Dalton, a three-time Pro Bowler, guided the Bengals to the playoffs over his first five seasons, but never won a playoff game. He was 70-61-2 there over his nine-year career and holds the franchise record with 204 touchdown passes.
The former TCU product comes back home to backup Dak Prescott, who has never missed a game in his career. Cooper Rush had been Prescott’s backup for the past three seasons, so the move gives Dallas a reliable signal-caller in case Prescott ever goes down.
Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said the franchise was “out of line” by signing Dalton and not giving Prescott his extension first via Twitter.
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
Why the decision to upgrade backup quarterback? Was it a leverage play by Jerry Jones, or is the simple answer that he wanted to add more depth to the roster?
I’m sure Dak isn’t happy.