The Carolina Panthers signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton , according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. According to the report , Dalton’s deal with the Panthers is for one year and $10 million with $8 million guaranteed and a maximum potential of $17 million after incentives.
The Panthers have been busy in the quarterback market over the past few months. They parted ways with Baker Mayfield during the 2022 season and let go of Sam Darnold on Tuesday. After last week’s blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bears, it appears Carolina is positioning itself to take a quarterback at the No. 1 spot in the NFL Draft in April. Most speculate the team will grab either Bryce Young , CJ Stroud or Anthony Richardson with the top pick.
Carolina traded the No. 9 and No. 61 picks in this draft, a future first-rounder in 2024, a second-rounder in 2025 and star wide receiver DJ Moore to make the deal happen.
Dalton has three Pro Bowl appearances in his career and finished 2022 with 2,871 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his career, Dalton has passed for 38,150 yards, 244 touchdowns and 144 interceptions. He likely comes to Carolina to serve as a mentor to the team’s future franchise quarterback.
The 35-year-old signal-caller played collegiately at TCU from 2007-10 before going as a first-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. He remained in Cincinnati through 2019, a stretch in which he was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. The Saints are his third team in as many years since leaving the Bengals. He joined the Dallas Cowboys for the 2020 season before spending 2021 with the Chicago Bears.
Dalton recently spoke about his alma mater’s trip to the College Football Playoff and the national title game.
“I feel like it would have been fun to get a chance to play in (the national championship) and see what would have happened,” Dalton told FOX Sports . “It’s hard to complain because if you get a chance to play in the Rose Bowl, that’s something that somebody in the Mountain West never would have been able to do during that time. To end the year undefeated, we’re not going to be the self-proclaimed national champs like some schools out there, but we feel like we had a really good team.”
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Cameron Salerno and Dean Straka contributed to this report.