Publicly, by way of 4 days on the job, Andy Dalton has stated all the precise issues about Dak Prescott. Behind the scenes, the brand new Dallas Cowboys quarterback can be doing proper by the incumbent starter.
Or so he says.
“I despatched him a textual content, reaching out. That’s been about it. …I simply instructed him I’m excited to be right here, and I’m going to assist in any approach that I can,” Dalton revealed Wednesday throughout an introductory convention name with Dallas media, per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning Information.
Dalton didn’t go into element concerning Prescott’s reply to his message. But it surely was purportedly a optimistic response. The Fort Value Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill reported Prescott “texted again in appreciation” to the previous Bengal’s pleasant overtures. SI.com’s Mike Fisher prompt the identical.
Figuratively, that is the assertion Dalton needed to ship amid his first Cowboys press convention: It’s completely Prescott’s group, and the 32-year-old merely is there to assist the franchise-tagged passer “as a lot as I can.”
“I’m going to attempt to be the largest asset to this group, attempt to assist out this offense, assist out Dak, assist out all people as a lot as I can,” Dalton stated, per the Cowboys’ official web site. “It’s a unique perspective for me, since I’ve been a starter the final 9 years, however I perceive the place I’m coming into and the function I’m going to play.”
Dalton signed an incentive-laden one-year deal price as much as $7 million. He’s absolutely assured $three million, with the rest out there in playing-time escalators. Dalton has already monopolized the backup job, rapidly pushing Cooper Rush off the roster, however that’s so far as he’s prepared to undertaking.
His long-term future greater than doubtless isn’t within the silver and blue. On the membership facet, he’s an insurance coverage coverage for the championship-caliber Cowboys, indisputably top-of-the-line No. 2s within the league. However, on the participant facet, the proprietor of 70 regular-season victories and over 34,000 passing yards — all throughout a nine-year tenure in Cincinnati — doesn’t envision his profession concluding as a clipboard-holder.
Dalton admittedly “knew the scenario I used to be coming into” with Prescott cemented atop the depth chart. However …
“I imagine I’m a starter on this league, and I really feel like I might carry quite a bit to the desk,” Dalton stated, per the Cowboys’ web site. “I do know I’m on a one-year deal, I perceive the market’s going to be somewhat bit completely different subsequent offseason. So for me, it’s simply, I’m attempting to set myself up and put myself in one of the best place for the second half of my profession.”
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