MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 22: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals gestures to the fans prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

For a brief moment on Saturday, New York Jets fans envisioned an all-redhead quarterback room in 2020. But then sanity prevailed. Or, maybe the other team just outbid them.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys ($3 million in guarantees).

That brief glimmer of an all-redhead QB room was sparked after ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported Jets’ interest in Dalton.


“The Jets have some level of interest in former Bengals QB Andy Dalton, a source said. At this point, it has been characterized as due diligence. They could be looking to solidify the position, as their only experienced backup is David Fales.”

Dalton, 32, is as “veteran” as it gets. The three-time Pro Bowl slinger turned free agent after a 2019 campaign that saw him lose his starting job to fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley, only to regain it three weeks later.

In 2019, Dalton threw for 3,494 yards and 16 touchdowns against 14 interceptions over 13 games. Considering Joe Burrow is the undoubted franchise face moving forward, no shot existed Dalton would continue his career in Cincy.

Assumptions began rumbling about Dalton possibly signing with the New England Patriots, which is why Joe Douglas would show any interest at all. That’s doubtful, especially now that he’s in Dallas as the clear-cut No. 2 behind Dak Prescott.

The Katy, TX native is now back in his home state, the very same state he grew up and played collegiately (TCU).

For the Jets, if the reports are true, that veteran quarterback will have to come from another source and the all-redhead group that would have been Sam Darnold, James Morgan and Andy Dalton will never be.


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