When the Bengals secured the #1 pick in this year’s NFL draft, everyone knew that Andy Dalton's run in Cincinnati was ending. Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy after a magical season with LSU that ended with a National Championship win over Clemson.
There was speculation that Dalton would end up in Jacksonville to reunite with former Redskins head coach, and current Jaguars OC Jay Gruden. Gruden famously convinced Bengals owner Mike Brown to draft Dalton over Colin Kaepernick when he was Cincy's OC. They tried to trade him to the Jags, but they weren't interested.
It sounds Ike the Jaguars weren't interested in free agency either, because Andy Dalton has reportedly signed a 1 year, $7 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys, with $3 million guaranteed. The Cowboys are still trying to get a deal done with Dak Prescott who was franchised him for $33 million this year. Prescott could reportedly holdout from the team's virtual offseason which is hilarious when you think about it.
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.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2020
Dalton is returning to Texas.
There’s a new clapper in town. pic.twitter.com/PhR5isd1Bq— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 3, 2020
This is the second team in the NFC East that has made a move to upgrade their backup QB situation since the Redskins drafted Chase Young with the #2 pick last week. The Eagles drafted Alabama QB Jalen Hurts with their 2nd round pick.