With Andy Dalton gone, which approach will Dallas Cowboys flip for backup QB?


FRISCO, Texas — When quarterback Andy Dalton signed with the Dallas Cowboys final yr, it was with the thought of resetting his profession and discovering a beginning spot in 2021.

Final season, Dalton went 4-5 in 9 begins as Dak Prescott’s substitute and can signal a one-year deal price as much as $13 million with the Chicago Bears with a minimum of the possibility to be their No. 1 quarterback.

So what is going to the Cowboys do for his or her No. 2 quarterback now?

Dallas has Garrett Gilbert, Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci below contract behind Prescott, who signed a four-year, $160 million deal final week. Gilbert performed properly in his one begin — the primary of his profession — final season in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers, finishing 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards with a landing and an interception. DiNucci, a seventh-round choose a yr in the past, didn’t play properly in his one begin in 2020 in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles, finishing 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Rush was signed after DiNucci’s struggles in Week 8, however didn’t see motion.

With Prescott anticipated to be 100% healed from the dislocated and compound fracture of his proper ankle he suffered in Week 5 final season, the Cowboys may take their possibilities with inexperienced backups. They did it with Rush ready within the wings behind Prescott from 2017 to 2019.

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 take a look at including veteran assist, there are a couple of choices.

The Cowboys may 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 anticipated if Detroit can’t discover a commerce companion, he may very well be an choice to return dwelling, having performed at Southlake (Texas) Carroll Excessive Faculty.

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 Group on its method to a playoff run. Smith earned NFL Comeback Participant of the 12 months honors after his return from a grotesque ankle harm in 2018. Smith’s comeback has served as inspiration for Prescott in his personal return from harm. And in 2005, coach Mike McCarthy was the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator when Smith was the No. 1 general choose.

There’s additionally Robert Griffin III to contemplate, or Matt Barkley or A.J. McCarron.

The 49ers is not going to tender a proposal to restricted free agent Nick Mullens, which places him on the open market. He has a 5-11 file in three seasons with 25 landing passes and 22 interceptions. In a 41-33 loss to the Cowboys final December, he accomplished 21 of 36 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Years in the past, the Cowboys looked for veteran backups when Tony Romo was wholesome (Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, Kyle Orton) and opted for the inexperienced backup after Romo started having again points.

Dalton could have been the Cowboys’ best choice behind Prescott, however they nonetheless have choices if they do not wish to go together with Gilbert, Rush or DiNucci.

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