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    Alex Smith Retiring; Cowboys Lose Popular Backup QB Option

    If you had your heart set on as the ' in 2021, we've got some bad news for you. The 16-year veteran announced his today and took the best remaining QB off the market.

    Smith, the first-overall pick of the 2005 , experienced a surge in popularity and respect after his recent comeback from a career and even life-threatening in 2018. Alex's return as Washington's starting QB in 2020 brought stability and that helped the Football Team win the .

    With last year's veteran backup moving to the Chicago this , Dallas was potentially in the market for another experienced passer to go behind . Smith was the consensus favorite for that role among Cowboys fans.

    There are still some veteran options available such as , A.J. McCarron, and others. But the perceived margin between these and Alex Smith is a wide one; Smith has had far more recent success and was arguably a starting candidate for some NFL teams.

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    Alex was also a popular option given the similarities between his 2018 injury and what Dak Prescott suffered last year. While Smith's case proved more severe, he could have potentially been a good advisor and Prescott make his own comeback next season.

    The Cowboys currently have a trio of unproven in-house contenders for the backup QB job. With hardly enough playing time between them to form real opinions, , , and are the only other passers on the roster behind Prescott today.

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    Of course, Dallas could still add more QB talent through next week's NFL Draft. There also could be some moderate remaining waves of in the 4-5 weeks following the draft.

    Unfortunately, whether the Cowboys ride with current talent or add new contenders before , none of them are likely to inspire the same confidence as Alex Smith would have.

    While he never did don , and even played for our historical rival, Smith gave the entire NFL world one of the few feelgood stories of the . We at wish him the best in retirement and hope he continues to inspire others in his next chapter.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Cowboy Fan Ed

    Hate to hear that AS is retiring! If the boys could have signed him our back up QB position would have been rock solid! Teams often overlook the back up QB position but in my opinion if a team is trying to get to a super bowl you need a capable back up !

    Fatfan

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    Alex Smith can no longer complete a game without his calf muscle freezing up on him…it showed last year. He is unable to complete any longer and every NFL team knows this. Hence, he is unsigned.

    Eric

    I still think AJ McCarron would be a very solid addition to a QB room. I think he could step in and start for 3-4 games and be efficient, if not spectacular, if ever needed.