Cowboys information: Choices for the Cowboys as they’re seeking a brand new backup quarterback


With Andy Dalton gone, which approach will Dallas Cowboys flip for backup QB? – Todd Archer, ESPN.com

With Andy Dalton gone, the Cowboys now should resolve on who will again up Dak Prescott.

The Cowboys would have favored to have saved Dalton, however knew he would bounce on the probability to start out once more. If Dallas needs to have a look at including veteran assist, there are a couple of choices.

The Cowboys might contemplate Colt McCoy (a free agent who spent the 2020 season with the New York Giants), who has been linked to the Cowboys as a possible backup earlier than. If Chase Daniel is launched by the Detroit Lions, which is predicted if Detroit can’t discover a commerce companion, he may very well be an choice to return house, having performed at Southlake (Texas) Carroll Excessive College.

Alex Smith beat the Cowboys final Thanksgiving, 41-16, finishing 19 of 26 passes for 149 yards with a landing and an interception and largely saved issues collectively for the Washington Soccer Crew on its solution to a playoff run. Smith earned NFL Comeback Participant of the 12 months honors after his return from a grotesque ankle damage in 2018. Smith’s comeback has served as inspiration for Prescott in his personal return from damage. And in 2005, coach Mike McCarthy was the San Francisco 49ers‘ offensive coordinator when Smith was the No. 1 general choose.

Mailbag: Choices To Change Andy Dalton? – David Helman and Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com

Extra on potential replacements for backup quarterback, Andy Dalton.

With Andy Dalton shifting on to Chicago, might Alex Smith be a very good alternative? – DONALD LEWIS / WASHINGTON D.C.

David: I do know we are saying it rather a lot, however I believe it’ll come right down to value. Alex Smith and different veterans like him will need an opportunity to start out, and so they don’t have that right here. But when he or one other veteran may be signed at a low worth, like Dalton was final 12 months, I believe it’d be awfully sensible. I do know the staff struggled final 12 months, however Dalton proved {that a} succesful veteran QB could make a giant distinction. I hope the entrance workplace takes a take a look at one other veteran, whether or not it’s Smith or another person.

Rob: I believe he’d be an excellent free agent addition, however I’m additionally undecided how a lot the Cowboys plan to funds for the backup quarterback spot this 12 months. Signing Dalton final 12 months was distinctive and a little bit of a luxurious. The Cowboys can at all times transfer more cash round by means of restructures to make issues work underneath the cap however there’s rather a lot left to do at different positions, too.

Fitzmagic in Washington doesn’t scare the Dallas Cowboys, and that’s the issue – Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning Information

Might being in a weak division truly be hurting the Cowboys?

Historical past tells us he can have a few 300-yard video games early within the season that can spark the Fitzmagic headlines after which he’ll begin throwing it to the fallacious staff and fairly quickly no matter Washington thinks it has solved with this signing shall be topic to debate as soon as extra. And all of it is a drawback for the Cowboys. There was a time when excellence was demanded within the NFC East. However right now, as we noticed in 2020, even mediocrity will get you shut.

With an excellent protection, Washington simply wants one thing of a mean offense to maneuver from unusual 7-9 division winner to contender standing. The signing of Fitzpatrick reveals the membership didn’t take this quarterback alternative significantly (until there’s extra to come back), and that’s what brings us again to a different sluggish begin in free company for Dallas. I don’t suppose the Cowboys are lacking the boat on any nice gamers, and you actually don’t wish to be profitable the spending derby in March. Since 2016, Jacksonville and the Jets have been your two greatest free-agent “winners.” How’s that play in December?

Is the Cowboys’ Method to Free Company Limiting Success? – Shane Carter, Inside The Star

The Cowboys are nonetheless refusing to play the free company recreation like many different groups are doing.

The Cowboys was identified for Jerry Jones’s excessive spending and flashy strikes. Typically they might hit, just like the signings of Terrell Owens, Deion Sanders, and Leonard Davis. Typically they might miss like buying and selling for Receiver Roy Williams or Adam “Pac-Man” Jones. In both occasion, they confirmed they had been keen to go any and all routes to compete. In current, extra conservative years, the Cowboys have had some success by making the post-season, however have but to even make it so far as to the NFC Championship recreation.

Taking a look at current Tremendous Bowl winners and even the groups that participated within the convention championships, all of them drafted, made key trades, and signed exterior free brokers. For instance, take a look at the impact the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made signing Tom Brady final offseason, going from 7-9 to win all of it the following season, or how good the Browns have develop into over the previous few seasons including gamers like Jack Conklin, Austin Hooper, and Kareem Hunt, resulting in their first playoff look since 2002.

How Andy Dalton’s quick tenure with the Cowboys resulted in a win-win for either side – Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning Information

The Pink Rifle wager on himself, and it paid off.

The previous TCU star occurred to develop into accessible in early Could when launched after the draft and through a pandemic. Dalton already had a house in Dallas, making the Cowboys a match for Dalton and his household. It could be unreasonable to anticipate the Cowboys to signal an skilled choice. Garrett Gilbert, 29, appears to be a wholly succesful No. 2 choice.

Final November, a couple of weeks after becoming a member of the franchise, he made his first profession NFL begin towards the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilbert was 23 yards quick from a last-second upset vs. a staff that was undefeated on the time. Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci, a 2020 seventh-round choose, stay on the place as nicely.

DiNucci was extraordinarily uncooked as a rookie from James Madison. If the Cowboys aren’t bought on his developmental monitor, they will commit a Day 3 choose to a quarterback for a second straight 12 months. Something past that may very well be a luxurious the Cowboys can’t afford.

3 free brokers the Dallas Cowboys ought to nonetheless pursue – Connor Inexperienced, FanSided’s The Landry Hat

There are nonetheless loads of good free brokers accessible that the Cowboys might pursue.

1. Anthony Harris, Security. The Dallas Cowboys want assist in their secondary. This want extends to each the cornerback and security place. Due to this fact, it shouldn’t be shocking that the top-rated free agent nonetheless accessible at a kind of positions finds himself atop this checklist, security Anthony Harris is that participant. The 29-year outdated defender has spent his whole six-year profession so far with the Minnesota Vikings. The veteran defender led the league in interceptions again in 2019 with six. He has additionally demonstrated his versatility by taking part in each free and robust security throughout his profession.

Final season he posted a career-high 104 whole tackles and performed an integral a part of the Vikings protection. The Viking defender additionally managed to accrue seven go deflections. Harris will possible value greater than both of the 2 gamers listed earlier than him on this checklist, however, in keeping with Spotrac, the staff will possible nonetheless be accessible to afford him at his projected market worth of $14 million a 12 months.

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