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.
With the selection of Joe Burrow with the first overall pick official, Dalton's future with the team remains uncertain, though it's highly probable that Burrow will take over as the starter, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Something eventually has to give with the Bengals, with the team either having to move Dalton or another high-salaried veteran. Dalton's current $17.7 million salary will put the team over the salary cap.
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.
Dalton completed 16 of 28 pass attempts for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 33-23 win over the Browns. He also carried eight times for 10 yards and an additional touchdown.
Dalton completed just over half his passes against a tough Cleveland secondary and was limited to 6.8 yards per attempt. He completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Uzomah in the first quarter and added a five-yard rushing score in the second. It was a rather fitting way to cap off the season for Dalton, who has been wildly inconsistent throughout and finishes with a 16:14 TD:INT in 13 games. He's under contract through the 2020 season, but the team seems likely to consider its options for upgrading the quarterback position in the offseason.
Dalton completed 33 of 56 passes for 396 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bengals' 38-35 overtime loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also lost a fumble, threw a two-point conversion pass and had a two-point conversion run.
Dalton capitalized on one of the most favorable matchups for a quarterback in the NFL this season, and the extra period helped him to pad his final numbers. However, the majority of the damage naturally was done during regulation, particularly in a second half during which Dalton led the Bengals back from a 28-6 third-quarter deficit with four touchdown drives, the latter pair culminating in successful two-point conversions. Just as impressive was Dalton's final touchdown pass of the day, which came with no time remaining to Tyler Eifert in a crowded end zone. Success such as Sunday's has been elusive for Dalton this season, and with Cincinnati having locked up the top pick in the 2020 draft with their loss Sunday, the 2011 first-round selection is very likely set to play his final game with the franchise Week 17 versus the Browns.
Dalton completed 17 of 31 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions during Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Patriots.
Dalton kept pace with the Patriots early in the first quarter, tossing a quick eight-yard strike to Cethan Carter to respond to New England's game-opening touchdown. Dalton then led a field-goal drive that gave Cincinnati a brief lead. It was downhill from there as he proceeded to throw three interceptions during his first four drives of the second half and four overall, including a grisly 64-yard pick six to Stephon Gilmore. The veteran passer has just two touchdowns and five interceptions in three-games since returning to the starting lineup. Next week's matchup against the Dolphins will have draft-position implications that may help determine the heir apparent to Dalton in Cincinnati.
Dalton completed 22 of 38 pass attempts for 262 yards and an interception while carrying three times for 11 yards during Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns.
Dalton completed just 58 percent of his attempts against a middling Browns pass defense and finished with a lackluster 6.9 yards per attempt. He finished without a touchdown pass for the third time this season and now owns a 10:9 TD:INT overall. Dalton should remain the starter next Sunday against the Patriots, but it's difficult to imagine him posting fantasy-friendly numbers against one of the toughest defensive matchups in the NFL.
Dalton completed 22 of 37 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-6 win over the Jets. He also finished with minus-4 rushing yards on five attempts.
Dalton showed no signs of rust in his first appearance since Week 8, leading the Bengals to their first win of the season. He threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the first quarter and would have had another passing score in the second quarter if not for a brutal drop by tight end C.J. Uzomah. Likely entrenched as the starter the rest of the way after a three-game cameo by Ryan Finley, Dalton will lead the Bengals into Cleveland in Week 14 sporting a 10:8 TD:INT.
Dalton will reclaim the Bengals' starting quarterback job, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
It appears the three-game experiment with Ryan Finley is over after the rookie signal caller failed to get the Bengals in the win column. Dalton thus will be under center Sunday against the Jets, looking to build upon his 281.5 yards per game and 9:8 TD:INT from eight starts earlier this season.
The Bengals have elevated rookie quarterback Ryan Finley to the starting lineup over Dalton, Geoff Hobson of the team's official site reports.
The Zac Taylor era includes no wins through eight games, so it's no surprise that the rookie coach decided to make a change under center. In the first half of the season, Dalton averaged a whopping 42.3 passes per game to compensate for a dismal rushing attack, but 6.7 yards per attempt and a 9:8 TD:INT later, he's handing the No. 1 job to Finley, a 2019 fourth-round pick.
Dalton is expected to be benched in favor of Ryan Finley after the Bengals' Week 9 bye, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Dalton easily was on pace for his most passes in a single season, averaging 42.3 per game at the midpoint. However, he was averaging just 6.7 yards per attempt and had nine touchdowns versus eight interceptions while going winless in eight starts. Dalton will yield to Finley, a 2019 fourth-round pick, as first-year coach Zac Taylor looks to breath new life into the Bengals offense.
Dalton completed 32 of 52 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Rams.
With the Bengals down by two scores and chasing points midway through the fourth quarter, Dalton stood in pocket at delivered an 18-yard strike to Tyler Boyd for a 4th-and-long conversion. The Bengals ended up turning the ball over on downs anyhow. That kind of encapsulates as season in which little has gone right for Dalton and the winless Bengals. Dalton has more games with multiple turnovers (four) than multiple touchdown passes (three) and although he's been a solid option on the ground with three touchdowns, he just hasn't been able to overcome life without A.J. Green (ankle). Next up after the bye is a Ravens team that held Dalton to 237 total yards, a rushing touchdown, and a pick in Week 6.
Dalton completed 22 of 43 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Jaguars. He added 33 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Dalton's first 110 passing yards all went to Alex Erickson, and his only other passing yards in the first half came on a two-yard touchdown to Joe Mixon. The quarterback fell apart completely in the fourth quarter, throwing interceptions on three consecutive possessions, with the second one getting returned for a touchdown. Dalton was able to salvage his fantasy day with a one-yard touchdown run in garbage time, as his Bengals fell to 0-7. Things could get ugly for Cincinnati on the road in Week 8 against a Rams defense that now features Jalen Ramsey.
Dalton completed 21 of 39 pass attempts for 235 yards and committed one interception during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Baltimore. He also logged a two-yard rushing touchdown on the afternoon.
Dalton has endured two zero-passing touchdown outings over the past three weeks, while the Bengals have mustered a total of just 20 points in two interdivision matchups thus far in 2019. Behind an offensive line that is down Cordy Glenn (concussion) and Andre Smith (ankle), Dalton absorbed a surprisingly low five QB hits and two sacks against the Ravens, after the Bengals surrendered four sacks per game between Weeks 1 and 5. Up next, Dalton may find it challenging to move the ball against a Jacksonville defense that has contained opposing quarterbacks to 361 total passing yards and two touchdowns the past two weeks, after giving up a combined 607 passing yards to Tennessee and Denver during the two outings prior.
Dalton completed 27 of 38 pass attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Arizona. He also ran for five yards on two carries, and fumbled once but was able to recover the loose ball.
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback was coming off a nightmarish Monday night outing in which he completed 57 percent of his pass attempts for 171 yards, with zero touchdowns, one interception and a lost fumble in a 27-3 drubbing at the hands of rival Pittsburgh. Sunday, he was effective in the box score and on the field, exceeding 250 passing yards for the fourth time in five outings and leading Cincinnati on back-to-back fourth-quarter touchdown drives to knot it up at 23-23 at the two-minute warning, only to see the Bengals defense concede a game-winning 31-yard kick from Zane Gonzalez. Dalton and the 0-5 Bengals will travel to take on a Ravens defense Week 6 that has allowed 340-plus passing yards in three of its past four outings.
Dalton completed 21 of 37 passes for 171 yards and an interception in Monday night's 27-3 loss to the Steelers. He also was sacked eight times and lost a fumble.
Dalton had a would-be touchdown dropped on the Bengals' second offensive drive, and it all went downhill from there. Not only did he twice turn the ball over in the red zone, but he was also constantly under siege from Pittsburgh's pass rush, resulting in a career high amount of sacks taken. Considering Dalton entered Monday averaging over 325 passing yards per game, it's likely he rebounds in Week 5 against the also-winless Cardinals. However, in order to do so, he'll need far improved protection from his linemen up front, and still won't have top wideout A.J. Green (ankle) at his service.
Dalton completed 20 of 36 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 21-17 loss to Buffalo. He added a one-yard touchdown rush.
Dalton failed to complete any of his five passes in the first quarter, and things didn't get much better through the air after that, but Dalton did manage to find the end zone with his legs from one yard out in the third quarter. He later fumbled on the 1-yard line but had the error wiped out by an offsides penalty. Dalton took advantage of the second chance with a one-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mixon on the very next play. The quarterback had a chance to be the hero late, but he was intercepted on Buffalo's 10-yard line in the final minute on a tipped ball.
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