Relax, Cowboy fans: Dak Prescott will be your 2020 Week 1 starter.
On Saturday night, the Dallas Cowboys signed former Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton to a one-year contract worth up to $7 million, including $3 million guaranteed.
Many fans’ immediate reaction was the same: “goodbye Dak.” But, the purpose of this signing wasn’t to take over for Prescott.
The Cowboys used the franchise tag on Prescott on March 16th, which he has yet to sign. Looking at the depth chart, before Saturday there wasn’t much to be excited about. Cooper Rush, Clayton Thornson, and 2020 seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci are the only three quarterbacks on the current active roster.
Rush, a man who has thrown three career passes (for a grand total of two yards) in three seasons, would be slated as the primary backup going into the season. When was the last time the Cowboys had a serviceable primary backup at the QB position?
Dalton is here to be that reliable backup they have lacked. If Prescott continues to hold out on signing, as he is not participating in virtual OTAs, Dalton could slide in as Dallas’s starter if Prescott sits out into the season.
The Cowboys wouldn’t have taken advantage of this opportunity unless it was Dalton who was available to them. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Cowboys weren’t planning on acquiring a free agent QB until Dalton became available on Thursday.
That shows that even though there may be some concern about the fact Prescott could sit out for an extended period of time, it wasn’t enough to raise any major red flags. If it was, the Cowboys would’ve gone after a guy like Jameis Winston.
With so much uncertainty in the world this year, the reason Dalton could’ve chosen to come back to Dallas is purely based on the fact that he is from Texas. He went to college at TCU and now has a home in Dallas. He won’t have to purchase a new home now that he’s with a new franchise. It is a homecoming for the veteran QB.
Now, with Dalton’s signing, all eyes turn to Prescott.
Will the Cowboys rescind his franchise tag?
There is the possibility that the Cowboys would now feel comfortable doing that now that Dalton is in town. But, even with the tag potentially being rescinded, the Cowboys could still negotiate an extension with him in 2021.
After this season, it’s not clear who will be behind center for the Cowboys. But, what we do know is that Dalton is not here to be the immediate starter.
In 2020, Dak Prescott will be the Cowboys starting quarterback.