Andy Dalton is returning home to Texas as a reserve for Dak Prescott with the Dallas Cowboys.
Dalton and the Cowboys agreed on Saturday to a one-year contract that guarantees the former Cincinnati player $ 3 million and can be worth up to $ 7 million. The deal was reported by ESPN.
The Cowboys reached an agreement with Dalton two days after he was released by the Bengals. This change paved the way for Joe Burrow's first general choice, which led LSU to the national championship.
Dalton, born and raised in the Houston area, took TCU to an undefeated season that included a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin during the 2010 season, before the Bengals called him up in the second round.
The Cowboys have relied on the untested Cooper Rush behind Prescott for the past two seasons. Dalton, 32, marks his biggest investment in a veteran backup since Prescott replaced the injured Tony Romo as a newcomer in 2016 and ended up accepting his job forever.
Dalton started 133 games for Bengals and led the best game sequence of the franchise in the playoffs – five in a row from 2011 to 2015 – but failed to achieve this illusory victory.
Cincinnati lost in the first round each time, setting an NFL record. Dalton had a broken thumb and missed out on the last of those playoff games, which ended in a last-minute collapse and an 18-16 loss to Pittsburgh during the 2015 season.
Dalton's 70-61-2 record as a starter is the second best of the Bengals defender with at least 10 games, behind Virgil Carter. Dalton holds the club's records for touchdown passes (204) and conclusions (2,757).
Coach Zac Taylor signaled the end of Dalton's career in Cincinnati, playing him for three games in the middle of last season's 2-14 season, a move that shocked Dalton and his longtime colleagues. Dalton was upset that the Bengals did not try to change it before the deadline.
The Cowboys placed the franchise label on Prescott, who did not sign the $ 31 million one-year contract. The sides have until July 15 to conclude a long-term contract.
Prescott fulfilled his four-year contract as a rookie, becoming one of the NFL's best bargains as an NFL offensive rookie in 2016 and twice as a Bowler. Representatives of the 26-year-old boy and the Cowboys have been working on a long-term deal for about a year.
After leading Dallas in the NFC main tournament as a rookie in 2016 and losing his first playoff game to Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, Prescott broke up with his first postseason win two years later.
The Cowboys entered last season with high expectations and started 3-0, before moving on to 8-8 and losing the playoffs. Dallas did not renew coach Jason Garrett's contract and hired Mike McCarthy.
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