The Dallas Cowboys raised plenty of eyebrows when they decided to sign former Bengals franchise signal-caller Andy Dalton in the midst of trying to ink their own franchise quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term extension.
While some have painted this as a potential shot across the bow by Dallas to ensure a capable quarterback in the event things go south in the Prescott negotiations, Dalton is hardly looking at it that way. In fact, the 32-year-old quarterback admitted during a conference call with the media on Wednesday that he reached out to Prescott since being signed by Dallas and said that he was ready and willing to help him however he can.
"My mindset is, I'm going try to be the biggest asset to this team, try to help out this offense, help out Dak, help out everybody as much as I can," Dalton said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. "It's a different perspective for me since I've been a starter the last nine years, but I understand the position I'm coming into and the role I'm going to play."
Dalton has been around the block a bit more than his new teammate over the course of their careers as he has 133 starts under his belt compared to Prescott's 64. That said, there's no real debate regarding Prescott's status as Dallas' franchise quarterback going forward, especially after throwing for 4,902 yards in 2019 along with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. For Dalton, he's looking at this stint with the Cowboys to help reset his career before going into next offseason with a chance to lead another franchise somewhere in the league.
"I believe I'm a starter in this league, and I feel like I could bring a lot to the table," he said. "I know I'm on a one-year deal. I understand the market's going to be a little bit different next offseason. For me, I'm trying to set myself up and put myself in the best position."
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones Philadelphia Eagles had when Nick Foles was backing up Carson Wentz. If an injury were to impact Prescott's availability at any point next season, the Cowboys could rest a bit easier knowing that they have an experienced and skilled quarterback ready to the reins.with Dalton to something akin to what their NFC East rivals in the
If Dalton is ever able to get under center in Dallas' high-powered offense, which now features receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb along with running back Ezekiel Elliott, he'd have one heck of an opportunity to prove to various teams across the league that he's still of starting caliber. As for the present moment, however, he seems ready to embrace the role as the Cowboys' QB2.