Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton signs 1-year deal with Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have yet to reach an agreement on a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, but on Saturday night they did add some insurance at the quarterback position. 

Dallas signed nine-year veteran Andy Dalton to a one-year contract worth $7 million, with $3 million of it guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to announce the move. 

Dalton landed his next contract two days after the Cincinnati Bengals released him. Dalton had been the Bengals’ franchise quarterback ever since they drafted him in the second round of the 2011 draft. 

He helped lead the team to five straight playoff appearances from 2011-15. But they had missed the postseason in each of the last four seasons. 

Cincinnati went 2-14 last season and landed the first pick in this year’s draft and used that to select LSU’s Joe Burrow, which made Dalton expendable as the franchise rebuilds under second-year head coach Zac Taylor.  

Andy Dalton warms up prior to a December game against the Cleveland Browns. (Photo: David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports)

Dalton was expected to draw interest from several teams, and league insiders believed he could wind up in either Jacksonville or New England. 

But the Katy, Texas, native and Texas Christian University product instead will return to his home state and back up Prescott for the coming year. 

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