The New Orleans Saints have a new back up quarterback for the 2022 season and his name is Andy Dalton. The former second-round pick out of TCU agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $6 million, per Adam Schefter.
While the Saints had other quarterbacks on their roster, they felt as though Dalton was a better insurance policy to sit behind Jameis Winston on the depth chart. I would agree, to be honest.
The player impacted the most by this signing, however, is second-year quarterback Ian Book, who the Saints spent a fourth-round selection on in last year’s draft.
Book mostly spent his rookie season on the practice squad but was thrust into action during the infamous COVID week where the other quarterbacks were unavailable. It didn’t go well, to say the least.
While Book wasn’t good in that game, many felt it was a weird circumstance and that shouldn’t have been what the team went off of moving forward. Bringing Dalton in, however, doesn’t send good vibes for Book’s progress with the team.
Saints signed Andy Dalton as their backup QB, doesn’t bode well for Ian Book
Dalton played for the Bengals for nine years before switching to a backup with the Cowboys and Bears. He entered the 2021 season as Chicago’s starting quarterback but split time with then-rookie quarterback Justin Fields.
Dalton isn’t starting-caliber anymore but he provides the Saints with a really good backup. If Jameis Winston has to miss an extended period of time, Dalton is more than capable of stepping in and leading the offense.
As John Hendrix noted, this is an important year for Book and with Dalton now on the roster, things got trickier for him. Maybe this makes him a trade candidate, but it might be difficult to get a team to trade for him after the one lousy start he made in 2021.
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At the end of the day, the New Orleans Saints signed someone who can be a valuable backup. Maybe this means that Ian Book’s time with the team is nearing the end but we’ll have to see how things play out this summer.