Andy Dalton signed a one-year deal to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, but it appears he left money on the table.
Jonathan Bombulie of the Tribune-Review reported the Pittsburgh Steelers offered Dalton a more “lucrative” deal, but the veteran quarterback opted to play closer to home.
Dalton is a native of Katy, Texas, and he spent his collegiate days at TCU. He will head back home to play for the Cowboys, though the Steelers would have made for an intriguing option.
Pittsburgh was a team many expected to pursue a veteran quarterback. Especially considering incumbent starter Ben Roethlisberger just turned 38 years old and is coming off a season in which he missed all but two games due to injury.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert previously suggested the team had not entered into negotiations with any veteran quarterbacks on the market. The team did not select a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, either. But it seems they broached the idea of signing Dalton prior to his decision to head to Dallas.
Having whiffed on Dalton, does this mean the Steelers might look into signing Cam Newton?
The market for quarterbacks has been relatively underwhelming. Jameis Winston signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth just over $1 million, and Dalton's deal is worth $7 million, with just $3 million guaranteed.
Pittsburgh might be able to sign Newton for a cheap price, though it remains to be seen whether the former league MVP would accept being a backup.
Regardless, it seems the Steelers do indeed have some interest in a veteran quarterback, after all.