FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2023 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton takes on the Carolina Panthers. On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Dalton signed with the Panthers, according to a person familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have found an interim quarterback after agreeing to sign free agent Andy Dalton to a two-year, $10 million deal, according to two people familiar with the matter. the situation.

One such person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because she cannot sign the contract until Wednesday, said the deal includes $8 million in guaranteed money. .

The Panthers traded the No. 1 draft pick last week and will likely use it to pick a quarterback — a position they’ve traded multiple times over the past five years.

Although Dalton could start the season as a starter if the rookie isn’t ready to play, they hope Dalton will eventually be relegated to a mentor or back-up role.

Dalton, 35, spent 12 seasons in the NFL, his first nine with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played last season with the New Orleans Saints and finished 6-8 as a starter, with 18 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

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