Andy Dalton has a chance to make himself a lot of money in the next 11 matches in the Dallas Cowboys’ new starting quarter, and he won’t have to wait until free agency in March.
Dalton also offered a $ 4 million incentive in a one-year, $ 3 million contract signed in May, all of them now theoretically attainable that Duck Prescott is out for the season – however, the 32-year-old Dalton should be awarded to the Cowboy The Bowl earned the full amount it would need to lead the Super.
Here’s how Dalton’s incentives break, according to people with contract knowledge, all contingent on playing a percentage of the Cowboys’ offensive snacks:
- 50% of regular-season playtime and Cowboys make the playoffs: $ 1 million.
- 35% regular-season playtime and 50% playtime in wild-card playoff wins: $ 500,000.
- 35% regular-season playtime and 50% playtime in a divisional playoff win: $ 500,000.
- 35% regular-season playtime and 50% playtime in a conference championship win: $ 750,000.
- 35% regular-season playtime and 50% playtime in Super Bowl wins: $ 1.25 million.
Doctors have told Prescott that he is experiencing a recovery of four to six months after surgery last Sunday for a compound fracture and has suffered a sprained right ankle against the New York Giants. Longtime Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Dalton gave 9 of 11 passes for 111 yards in a 37-yard win.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, among others, has made it clear that Prescott remains the team’s franchise QB, though the sides will face another high-profile negotiation after failing to agree a long-term contract in July. A second franchise tag for Prescott in 2021 would cost $ 37.7 million for a season.
If Dalton plays well, he could actually be one of the most iconic veteran quarterbacks to hit the free-agent market in March. Others to terminate the contract include: Cam Newton of New England, Phillip River and Jacoby Brissett of Indianapolis, James Winston of New Orleans, Mitchell Trubisky of Chicago, Ryan Fitzpatrick of Miami, Chargers Tyrod Taylor and Jets’ Joe Flocourt.
The Colts, Bears and Buccaneers all showed interest in acquiring Dalton through a trade from the Bengals before solidifying those teams’ quarterback plans in March. The Bengals soon started releasing Dalton, as they drafted Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, and sources say Dalton had similar contract offers from the Cowboys, Jets and Jaguars.
Dalton chose Dallas, even though Prescott’s durability – he would never miss a game in four-plus NFL seasons prior to last week’s injury – looked like Dalton would not see the field. Dalton had recently made a home in Dallas and saw an opportunity to learn under new coach Mike McCarthy in a talented offensive team with hopes of a playoff.
Now, Dalton is in the spotlight of a 2-3 year old Cowboys team, but still leads the struggling NFC East. He has his first start Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium.