A quarterback-needy team drafting just ahead of the Steelers has signed a free agent veteran, as the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract with Andy Dalton.
Welcome to New Orleans, @andydalton14!
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 29, 2022
The deal, which was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, is for $3 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $6 million in incentives.
After spending his first 9 seasons with the Bengals, Dalton spent a year in Chicago before signing with the Cowboys as a backup for 2021. Dalton has recorded 35,279 passing yards, 226 touchdowns and 135 interceptions throughout his career.
Dalton will join Jameis Winston, who the Saints re-signed this offseason, and Taysom Hill in a crowded quarterback situation in New Orleans, though Hill is expected to play some tight end. The Saints snapping up Dalton would seem to make it less likely that the draft a quarterback with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
In addition to the Saints, the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings are seen as teams that could potentially look to add a first-round quarterback.
But with the Saints now seemingly set at the position, if a passer falls past the Texans at No. 13, it now appears to be smooth sailing all the way to the Steelers pick at No. 20.
Though the Steelers also have a crowded quarterback situation with Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins, they are expected to be looking to draft a quarterback in the first round this year.