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Report: Andy Dalton signs with Cowboys

The Cowboys signed Andy Dalton to give themselves serious depth at quarterback. We break down the latest news.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have added some serious depth at the quarterback position. The team is signing recently released Andy Dalton to a one-year deal to serve as Dak Prescott’s backup, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cincinnati Bengals released Dalton on Thursday after trying to trade him away. They spent the No. 1 overall pick on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, so it was a matter of time before they parted ways with Dalton.

This is a bit of a surprise in that Dalton has basically no chance of starting while Prescott is healthy. On the other hand, Prescott is under the franchise tag and could potentially become a free agent next year, and Dalton is originally from Texas and owns a home in Dallas.

The day before the 2020 NFL Draft, Dallas had some of the longest odds of signing Dalton. DraftKings Sportsbook installed them at +10000, with only eight teams holding longer odds. The Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots had been favorites to land the free agent.