When Andy Dalton was minimize by the Bengals on April 30, 2020, groups in want of a beginning quarterback had already stuffed their opening. His timing might be higher in 2021 free company.
Dalton accomplished his season because the Cowboys’ backup-turned-starter Sunday with a Week 17 loss to the Giants that formally eradicated Dallas from playoff competition. Signed to a one-year contract earlier than the season to again up Dak Prescott, Dalton will turn into a free agent when the brand new league yr begins in March. He may search a chance to start out elsewhere after stabilizing the Cowboys’ season in 2020.
“There’s so much to be determined this offseason,” Dalton told media after the game Sunday. “That is my first time being a free agent when the brand new league yr begins, so I’ll undergo the method of the whole lot and weigh all of my choices and see what I obtained.”
If issues had gone as Dallas hoped, the 33-year-old Dalton would’ve sat behind Prescott all season. However when Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle harm in Week 5, Dalton was pressed into obligation.
The previous Bengals quarterback carried out near his profession customary, finishing 64.1 p.c of his passes, throwing for two,169 yards and passing for 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dallas went 4-4 in video games Dalton began and completed.
Dalton did depart open the potential of returning to Dallas subsequent season. Assuming Prescott’s harm restoration goes effectively, the Cowboys will probably both franchise tag him or lengthen him and he’ll be again because the starter. Dalton grew up in Texas and attended TCU, so there’s some attraction to the Cowboys.
“Like I stated, I’ve actually loved my time in Dallas,” Dalton stated Sunday. “Only a good likelihood to play again at house the place I’ve had a number of household and buddies which are capable of come to video games. I’m very grateful for the chance that I had this yr, with the flexibility to play and simply put some tape on the market. We’ll see what occurs come March.”
Whereas it is not precisely clear what number of groups will search out a beginning quarterback in free company, it is not an excellent intimidating record for Dalton (assuming Prescott re-ups with Dallas in some kind). The opposite free-agent quarterbacks embody Philip Rivers, Mitchell Trubisky, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor and Jameis Winston. If nothing else, Dalton could be a extremely sought-after backup for a variety of groups.
“I really feel like I can play, and I really feel like I may also help a workforce win,” Dalton stated Sunday. “Hopefully, with the movie that I put out this yr, folks see that and worth me in that manner. I clearly really feel like I nonetheless obtained a number of good soccer left, and we’ll see the way it all performs out.”
If Dalton’s Cowboys tenure is full, he’ll need to neglect his closing go. With Dallas needing a landing to maintain its playoff hopes alive, Dalton scrambled to his left underneath strain and let fly a wobbling go towards the top zone. It was intercepted.