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Andy Dalton To The Saints: NFL World Reacts

Andy Dalton throws a pass during the Bears' preseason game against the Dolphins.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 14: Andy Dalton #14 of the Chicago Bears passes against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 14, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints added to their quarterback depth on Tuesday, officially signing veteran Andy Dalton to be the team's backup.

Dalton, who appeared in eight games and made six starts for the Chicago Bears in 2021, will support Jameis Winston, who is penciled in to the the starter, provided he's all healed up from ACL surgery.

Dalton threw for 1,515 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Bears, who went 3-3 in the six games he started. At this juncture in his career, the three-time Pro Bowler isn't a permanent QB1, but is one of the better reserve options in the league.

On paper, this seems like a solid move for the Saints.

News of Dalton's signing comes on the same day new head coach Dennis Allen told reporters that Taysom Hill will be focusing on playing tight end this season. Hill was used in a variety of roles by former coach Sean Payton, and even started nine games at QB over the last two years.

Right now though, the quarterback depth chart in New Orleans is shaping up to have Winston at the top, followed by Dalton and second-year pro Ian Book. The Saints could look to add to the position during next month's draft as well.