Andy Dalton Signs Contract With New Orleans Saints

Andy Dalton Contract

Longtime NFL veteran quarterback Andy Dalton signed a new contract with the New Orleans Saints. Dalton, a three-time Pro Bowler, spent the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears but has also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.

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Andy Dalton, New Orleans Saints, Agree to Contract

Andy Dalton started the season under center for the Chicago Bears. While running the offense, the quarterback completed 63.1% of his passing attempts for 1,515 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions while guiding the Bears to a 3-3 record. Of course, the quarterback only made six starts,a s injuries and ineffectiveness allowed Justin Fields to be Chicago’s primary starter throughout the season.

Dalton originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals, Dalton faced the unenviable task of being the Day 1 starter following Carson Palmer’s holdout. The rookie was up to the task, completing 58.1% of his passes for 3,398 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions while guiding the Bengals to a 9-7 record and a surprise playoff berth.

Dalton spent the next eight years with Cincinnati, completing 62.2% of his passes for 31,594 yards, 204 touchdowns, and 118 interceptions. His best season came in 2015, when he played at a near-MVP level while completing 66.1% of his passes for 3,250 yards, 25 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Unfortunately, injuries ended Dalton’s best season after just 13 games. Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs in four of his nine seasons in Cincinnati, but never managed to win a playoff game.

Dalton hit free agency in 2020 and quickly signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Originally signed to backup quarterback Dak Prescott, Dalton was thrust into action when the quarterback suffered a season-ending ankle injury early in the year. Dalton started nine games in relief, completing 64.9% of his passes for 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The Cowboys went 4-5 while Dalton was leading the offense.

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