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Is Cooper Rush Enough for Cowboys Backup QB in 2020?

The Dallas Cowboys have invested the last three seasons in developing quarterback prospect Cooper Rush. If Rush returns next season, does the Cowboys need to make any additional moves to secure their backup position in 2020?

It was announced earlier this week that Dallas will give Rush, a restricted free agent this offseason, the lowest RFA tender of $2.1 million. The gives the Cowboys the right to match any offer from another team, or original draft pick compensation if they allow Cooper to leave.

Unfortunately, Rush was an undrafted free agent in 2017. So Dallas would get nothing back if he leaves.

Paying $2 million for the right to match any contract offer that Cooper gets shows that the Cowboys’ still value their asset. And the fact that decision to place the RFA tender on him now, with the new coaching staff’s input, is another positive sign for Rush’s future.

The three years that Dallas has put into Cooper are meaningful. And remember, in the 2017 and 2019 preseasons, we came away very excited about what Rush might be able to do if ever needed in a real game.

Given that history, and of course assuming that Dak Prescott is returning as the starter, does that mean Dallas will not make any other significant moves at quarterback this offseason?

In addition to Dak and Cooper, Dallas also has Clayton Thorson coming off a rookie year on the practice squad. He was a fifth-round pick in 2019 of the Eagles who didn’t survive final cuts, and the Cowboys then dumped Mike White in favor of adding Thorson.

The Cowboys have vacillated at times between trusting veteran backups over less proven prospects. But now that Rush has held the job for almost three years, you could almost consider him a veteran in his own right.

Some would likely prefer a more experienced backup like Case Keenum or Mike Glennon, but that negates the potential for a guy like Cooper to shine in his first opportunity. What if you can then leverage that perceived potential into a trade?

Between the work Dallas has put into Cooper Rush and the things he’s flashed in preseasons, it would be wise to see things through with this investment. Maybe the return will be greater than you think, whether Rush provides it on our roster or by moving to someone else’s.

What do you think?

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Written by 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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  1. I think Cooper Rush was pretty good in the games he played in!! I know they were only preseason games, but he did good in those games!! Who knows…. He could be the next Tony Romo!!

  2. Do not like Rush as our backup. If we had a good backup, possibly Dak would not be able to hold us up for stupid money. Not really totally sold on Dak either. With our running game, we should not have been 8-8. His passing yards were deceiving in MHO. Lot of garbage yards. Look at the second Philly game with the division on the line. 25/44, 265 yds, 0 TDs, QBR 37. Kind of pathetic, and looking for $35+ million/yr. People, including myself, are starting to rethink this whole NFL picture that seems to be concentrated MOSTLY about MONEY for these greedy players. ESPN and NFL Network seem to constantly harp on these players’ contracts, more than performance and the games themselves. Try going to a game with your family and see the ridiculous price tag. Plus these cable bills, that are thru the roof, mostly because of the sports channels, with these “KNOW IT ALL” talking heads. Throw in the not so long ago disrespect for our AMERICAN FLAG, people were getting a little turned off. Notice how NOW they are showing and showcasing more military type themes during their games. It was so obvious. There was a DROP in the ratings, so damage control kicked in. Long time Cowboy fan, but…

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