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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 15: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to throw the ball during the second half against the New England Patriots] at Paul Brown Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Any hopes and/or worries of Andy Dalton landing with the New England Patriots were put to rest on Saturday night, as the veteran quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

The deal, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, comes with $3 million guaranteed and can be worth up to $7 million.

Released by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week, the 32-year-old’s move back to Texas comes after a Bengals reporter suggested that the Patriots would be interested in Dalton, even after the worst year of his NFL career. That would’ve been a deviation from the expected plan in New England, of course, as the Patriots were not interested in swinging a trade for Dalton as recently as a month ago and already have four quarterbacks signed to their roster for 2020.

Under center for a straight-up dreadful Bengals team in 2019, Dalton threw a career-low 16 touchdowns in 13 starts, posted a 78.3 quarterback rating to go with 3,494 passing yards.

A second-round pick in 2011, Dalton has made his way to three Pro Bowls in his career, and heads to Dallas with a 70-61-2 record as a starter. The Bengals were 2-11 with Dalton as their starter in 2019.