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Andy Dalton, released by the Cincinnati Bengals after nine years as a starting quarterback, has agreed to terms of a one-year NFL contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

No, he's not replacing Dak Prescott as a starter. Stop.

He's just further proof that Mike McCarthy is in charge of the Dallas personnel decisions, or at the very least has changed the philosophy in Dallas from good enough, to lets get better at every position. With Dalton in Dallas, the Cowboys have a top tier back up quarterback.

The Cowboys, who announced the deal in a Saturday night website posting, have a starter in Dak Prescott, who will make $31.4 million in the 2020 season after being named the team's "franchise" player in March. The deadline to work out a new deal with Prescott is July 15th.

Dalton, who lives in Dallas and played at Texas Christian University before they joined the Big 12, played for Cincinnati for nine seasons and had 31,594 yards and 204 touchdowns with 118 interceptions in nine seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals went to the playoffs in Dalton's first five seasons, but he's never won a playoff game. He's 32.

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