The Dallas Cowboys officially have a backup quarterback.
After Jameis Winston joined the New Orleans Saints this past week, there were two veteran quarterbacks left on the market. That included former No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, and longtime Cincinnati Bengal Andy Dalton.
When Dalton was released from the Bengals after a nine-year run with the team, the dots connected that he would fall into the laps of the New England Patriots.
However, Dalton got the call from the Dallas Cowboys and the former TCU quarterback is going to backup Dak Prescott in the Big D according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“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.”
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. The Cowboys originally had Cooper Rush as the team’s backup, but now the team can feel confident all throughout the season.
Owner Jerry Jones passed on Jalen Hurts in the draft and waited until the seventh-round to draft a QB. With that being said, it looks like Rush will have to battle for a roster spot now.
Either way, head coach Mike McCarthy has been in the league long enough to know what could happen if the team doesn’t have the right depth at the right positions. Prescott has been healthy in his first four seasons in the league. However, all it takes is one injury .
With that being said, the Cowboys wanted to be prepared.