When Andy Dalton was reduce by the Bengals on April 30, 2020, groups in want of a beginning quarterback had already stuffed their opening. His timing can 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 rivalry. 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 12 months begins in March. He may search a chance to begin elsewhere after stabilizing the Cowboys’ season in 2020.

“There’s lots to be determined this offseason,” Dalton informed media after the sport Sunday. “That is my first time being a free agent when the brand new league 12 months begins, so I’ll undergo the method of every little thing and weigh all of my choices and see what I bought.”

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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 responsibility.

The previous Bengals quarterback carried out near his profession customary, finishing 64.1 % of his passes, throwing for two,169 yards and passing for 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dallas went 4-Four in video games Dalton began and completed.

Dalton did go away open the opportunity of returning to Dallas subsequent season. Assuming Prescott’s harm restoration goes properly, the Cowboys will seemingly both franchise tag him or prolong 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 mentioned, I’ve actually loved my time in Dallas,” Dalton mentioned Sunday. “Only a good probability to play again at house the place I’ve had a variety of household and buddies which are capable of come to video games. I’m very grateful for the chance that I had this 12 months, with the flexibility to play and simply put some tape on the market. We’ll see what occurs come March.”

Whereas it isn’t precisely clear what number of groups will search out a beginning quarterback in free company, it isn’t an excellent intimidating checklist 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 can be a extremely sought-after backup for various groups.

“I really feel like I can play, and I really feel like I may also help a workforce win,” Dalton mentioned Sunday. “Hopefully, with the movie that I put out this 12 months, folks see that and worth me in that method. I clearly really feel like I nonetheless bought a variety 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 overlook his remaining move. With Dallas needing a landing to maintain its playoff hopes alive, Dalton scrambled to his left beneath stress and let fly a wobbling move towards the top zone. It was intercepted.