Panthers, Andy Dalton to agree on 2-year, $10M deal

The Carolina Panthers and free agent quarterback Andy Dalton are anticipated to achieve an settlement on a two-year, $10 million deal that features $8 million absolutely assured, a supply informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The most worth of the contract is $17 million, the supply mentioned.

Dalton will give Carolina the veteran it has been looking for to assist convey alongside the quarterback it selects with the No. 1 general choose within the upcoming NFL draft. The Panthers are centered on Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Alabama’s Bryce Young with the primary choose, in line with sources, though they are going to proceed to guage Florida’s Anthony Richardson and Kentucky’s Will Levis.

Dalton signed a one-year, $3 million take care of the New Orleans Saints final March to function the backup quarterback, however he wound up being the everlasting starter after Jameis Winston acquired damage early within the season.

He began 14 video games, finishing 66.7% of his passes for two,871 yards, 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions for the Saints, who completed 7-10 and missed the playoffs.

Dalton, who turned 35 in October, was a second-round choose for the Cincinnati Bengals within the 2011 NFL draft and was the starter for many of his 9 seasons with the franchise. The Bengals made 5 playoff appearances throughout his tenure however went 0-5 (he was injured within the 2015 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers).

He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 because the backup to Dak Prescott however crammed in as a starter for 9 video games when Prescott was injured. He additionally began six video games for the Chicago Bears over the course of the 2021 season.

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Dalton has began 162 of 166 video games over his profession, finishing 62.5% of his passes for 38,150 yards, 244 touchdowns and 144 interceptions.

ESPN’s Katherine Terrell and David Newton contributed to this report.