Skip Bayless is mostly used for entertainment purposes these days at Fox Sports, but he does hold some credibility when it comes to the Cowboys.
He worked at both the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News, where he won Texas sportswriter of the year three times. So while he sometimes says some ridiculous stuff, his thoughts on moves by Jerry Jones and the Cowboys may offer some validity.
Which brings us to Bayless’ recent proposed theory behind Dallas’ signing of Andy Dalton.
“I believe Jerry Jones got into the ear of Andy Dalton. I believe that somehow, someway, he all but promised Andy Dalton he was going to get some playing time this year in Dallas.” — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/P1WnYF8Y7p
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 6, 2020
Bayless brings up the fact Dalton had five other opportunities for jobs (referring to a report from Pro Football Talk), so he wanted to know why the Cowboys were so enticing. He brings up Dalton’s low contract number of $3 million base salary, which is barely above what since-released backup Cooper Rush was set to earn.
Dalton does have $4 million in incentives, which Spotrac says involves the quarterback playing in 35% of the regular season snaps, 50% in Super Bowl snaps and a Super Bowl win.
“I don’t get it because something else is at work here,” Bayless said. “My theory is that Jerry Jones is at work here.”
Bayless then referred to comments former Cowboys star Michael Irvin made about Jones being very persuasive. And the Fox Sports analyst believes that’s what happened with Dalton.
“I believe that [Jones] got into the ear of Andy Dalton,” Bayless said. “And he said, ‘Hey, we have hit a crisis point with Dak Prescott.’ I believe that somehow, some way, Jerry all but promised Andy Dalton he was going to get some playing time this year in Dallas with that explosive offense.”
Bayless felt as if Dalton’s recent comments made it seem like “he might actually get a shot to play quarterback for this team.” He also went into Jones’ personality saying he has a tendency to “move on to the next” thing once he reaches a certain point of frustration.
In Bayless’ eyes, Jones may be at that point with Prescott.
“[Jones’] powers of persuasion convinced Andy Dalton that this thing has gone south with Dak Prescott to the point that he might rescind the franchise tag that he’s placed on Dak, or it might be that Jerry thinks Dak’s going to hold out and that Andy Dalton will get a shot,” Bayless said. “That’s the only theory that makes sense to me.”
It would seem ridiculous to move on from Prescott, a young quarterback with star potential, to move on to a veteran quarterback like Dalton. But Bayless’ theory is interesting nonetheless.