Dalton agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract worth up to $7 million with the Cowboys on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 32-year-old was cut by the Bengals earlier in the week, and it only took a couple days for him to latch on with a new club, though he's clearly not signing as a starter. There was significant speculation of Dalton landing with a team lacking a proven quarterback, but the TCU product will return to Texas to serve as the backup for Dak Prescott.
The Bengals are releasing Dalton on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Unable to find a trade, the Bengals finally relented and now will allow Dalton to become an unrestricted free agent. The move frees up $17.7 million in cap space for Cincinnati, while the 32-year-old quarterback figures to have limited options at this juncture of the offseason.
The Bengals may decide to keep Dalton, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Team and player both seem to prefer a trade, but it's difficult to find a partner in a market where free-agent quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Cam Newton are struggling to drum up interest. Ultimately, it would make sense for the Bengals to cut Dalton if they do in fact use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow, as the 32-year-old quarterback doesn't have any guarantees on his $17.7 million compensation for 2020. It would be an unprecedented sum to pay for a backup, though it's possible Dalton would consider a pay cut and then hit the open market next offseason. It seems like all options are still in play here.
The Bears are trying to trade for Dalton or Nick Foles, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. It's no secret the Bengals want to trade Dalton before they use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow. The 32-year-old quarterback is expected to have some say in his next NFL destination, as the Bengals hope to remain on good terms with their longtime starter. It's hard to imagine Dalton having any complaints about Chicago, where he'd be matched with a good defense and likely would have the upper hand on Mitchell Trubisky in a job battle.
Dalton will have a say in trade negotiations this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Expected to draft Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in April, the Bengals will first explore options for trading Dalton, who has started 133 regular-season games and four playoff contests through nine seasons. The Bengals intend to find a trade that the 32-year-old approves of, hoping for a cordial exit for their longtime starting quarterback. Should nothing materialize, the Bengals can release Dalton without incurring any dead money, freeing up $17.7 million in 2020 cap space in the process, per OvertheCap.com. The veteran signal-caller would then become an unrestricted free agent.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/14||@Los Angeles Rams||10||17.13|
|5||10/11||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|15||12/21||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|17||01/03||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||60.3||3127||21||12||90||1||236|