Andy Dalton signs with new NFC team
The New Orleans Saints recently brought back Jameis Winston to be their starting quarterback next season, and they have now added a trusted veteran backup to the fold.
Andy Dalton and the Saints have agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Dalton spent last season with the Chicago Bears. The team infamously named him their starting quarterback after signing him and then went on to draft Justin Fields in the first round. Dalton still entered the year as the starter, but he suffered a knee injury in Week 2. Fields then took over, and Dalton got the job back after the rookie dealt with some injuries several weeks later.
The 34-year-old Dalton finished with 1,515 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. There was no market for him as a starter heading into 2022, but he makes sense for the Saints as a backup. Jameis Winston is recovering from a torn ACL, so Dalton gives the team an experienced insurance option.
Photo: Jan 27, 2017; Kissimmee, FL, USA; AFC quarterback Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals (14) throws a pass during practice for the 2017 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports