Going into today, the New England Patriots opened as heavy favorites to land Andy Dalton in free agency with Jacksonville and Pittsburgh behind them. In a surprise turn of events, the Dallas Cowboys have inked the former Cincinnati Bengal to a one year/$7 million deal. Dallas was an extreme long shot to sign Dalton, but the 9-year veteran will be wearing a star on his helmet when the 2020 season opens.
It is important to note that the Cowboys placed the franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott, but he has yet to sign the deal or agree to an extension with Dallas. Jerry Jones most likely signed Andy Dalton to try and pressure Dak into signing a long-term extension with the team.
The Cowboys were not in need of an experienced QB to back-up Dak, and Dalton will certainly not compete for the starting job, but Dallas would like to make Dak think that his job is on the line.
Previous reports have stated that Dak is looking to break the bank and make upwards to $40 million a year on a new deal, which is something Jerry Jones does not want considering he has already paid Zeke, Amari Cooper, Demarcus Lawrence, and a few offensive lineman.
This move does not make the Cowboys any better, but it could speed up contract negotiations with franchise QB Dak Prescott.