Andy Dalton signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Cowboys after spending nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. His contract features $3 million guaranteed. He will serve as Dak Prescott’s backup in the league.
The other $4 million is based on incentives. At first, we didn’t know how that would play into his contract, but we now know how Dalton can maximize his deal.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the details for his contract have been released.
“The #Cowboys waived QB Cooper Rush & officially signed backup QB Andy Dalton to his 1-year, $3M deal. His $4M available in incentives are broken up into regular season playing time, making the playoffs & playing time in the playoffs. If he simply backs up 16 games, he makes $3M.”
Dalton is a three-time Pro Bowler that threw for a career-high 33 touchdown passes in 2013. If quarterback Dak Prescott were to miss any time, the team would be in good hands. If Dalton doesn’t play at all, he can make $3 million this season.
It’s really not a bad deal for the quarterback and some analysts agree.
FS1 analyst Skip Bayless loves the move and he posted his reaction on Twitter.
“Jerry strikes again. Great move signing Andy Dalton, especially in case Dak holds out first couple reg-season games (or puts himself at injury risk by missing preseason). Dalton: 3X PBowler, 4 playoffs. Now Dak can’t hold them over such a big barrel. Maybe lights are negotiating fire.”
This was mildly tame for Bayless, which means he really does like the move. He is not the only one.
— Jmar_84 (@Jmar_84) May 4, 2020
Newcomer Gerald McCoy is also new to the Cowboys, but the six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman was a huge fan of the move. The former Oklahoma star took to Twitter to give his reaction to the move.
“Red rifle!! Let’s get it!!” McCoy wrote.
McCoy and Dalton are familiar dating back to their time in college. Dalton played at TCU, which is not too far away from each other. McCoy came into the NFL in 2010, while Dalton entered the league in 2012.