If the Cowboys ever need a replacement for Dak Prescott, the team should feel just fine with the backup.
Even though Andy Dalton may never be a starting quarterback in Dallas, he protects the Cowboys against what could be an even more aggressive move by Prescott.
Don’t forget. Prescott has yet to sign his franchise tag. His offer of $31 million to play this year under the tag must be signed by July 15. Prescott could hold out and it’s something that has been reported as a possibility.
If Prescott chooses to not sign the tag, it will be because he wants a multi-year deal. His contract negotiations have dated back to last offseason. Prescott has been reported wanting upwards to $35 million per season.
Regardless, we have seen situations like this get out of hand. Remember Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell sitting out an entire season? Remember Trent Williams refusing to play for the Washington Redskins?
At some point, the Cowboys will have to make an interesting decision, but if things go south, the team won’t have to rely on Cooper Rush or Ben DiNucci.
Rush was recently waived to make room for Dalton, but it’s the former Bengal that has the better resume.
Dalton is a three-time Pro Bowler that threw for a career-high 33 touchdown passes in 2013.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.”
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.”