The Dallas Cowboys have to be thinking that they are cursed when it comes to keeping their quarterbacks healthy. First, it was Kellen Moore who was injured in practice, then last week Tony Romo goes down and is out for an unknown amount of time with a broken vertebrae in his back.
If you're keeping count, that's your projected starter and backup quarterback for the 2016 season.
How many teams in the NFL would be completely devastated and thinking their season was pretty much done before it even officially starts?
That would obviously be the Dallas Cowboys if not for the inspiring play of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who is likely the Week 1 starter for America's Team.
Prescott has shown the ability to lead the Cowboys offense and put points on the board, but the organization would likely prefer having a veteran QB on hand if things don't go as planned.
When Kellen Moore went down with an injury I took a look at the available free agent quarterbacks, but the Dallas Cowboys decided to take a wait-and-see approach with Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers instead. That approach seems to be paying off, but they could be once again looking for a veteran QB.
Instead of rehashing the available QB's, I decided to take a look at the quarterbacks around the league that could be released by their respective teams and claimed via waiver wire by the Cowboys.
Below are a few of the quarterbacks that I think could be possibly released.
Austin Davis / Josh McCown (Cleveland Browns)
When projected backup quarterback Kellen Moore went down with an injury, the Dallas Cowboys explored the possibility of trading for veteran QB Josh McCown. The rumor is that the Cleveland Browns were wanting a third or fourth round draft pick in return, but that asking price was too steep for the Cowboys organization.
Robert Griffin III is slated to be the starter, so both Austin Davis and McCown are battling for the backup spot. The loser of that battle possibly being released, depending how many QB's they keep on the roster. I prefer Davis over McCown, but both players would provide veteran experience behind Dak Prescott.
Bryce Petty / Geno Smith (New York Jets)
Neither Bryce Petty or Geno Smith would likely be any better than what the Dallas Cowboys already have at the quarterback position.
Personally I don't want anything to do with Geno Smith. It seems like he has an attitude problem, but that could possibly just be with the Jets organization.
The Dallas Cowboys took a hard look at the former Baylor quarterback, Bryce Petty, prior to the draft last season and should have a good understanding of the type of player he is. If released he could be a possibility to bring in and develop, but they might be looking for a more veteran quarterback instead of a developmental project.
Sean Mannion (Los Angeles Rams)
Personally, Sean Mannion is probably my favorite quarterback on this list and I would absolutely love for the Cowboys to bring him aboard if he is released by the Rams. Mannion has rare size (6'6", 230) and mobility that would intrigue a number of teams in the NFL.
The Rams drafted him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys saw firsthand what he can do when he replaced the injured Jared Goff in the first preseason game against the Cowboys. Mannion's play against the Cowboys was one of the reasons the Rams were able to come back and win the game.
We still aren't 100% sure if the Dak Prescott we've seen in the preseason is the one we will continue to see. Mannion has all the intangibles to develop into a starting quarterback in the NFL or at the very least a very good backup QB.
Shaun Hill (Minnesota Vikings)
If the Dallas Cowboys are indeed looking for a veteran quarterback, then Shaun Hill could possibly be at the top of the list if he is released by the Minnesota Vikings.
Hill has previously been a backup quarterback for offensive coordinator Scott Linehan during their time with the Detroit Lions. He already has the knowledge of the offensive system and could provide that veteran leadership for the young quarterbacks on the Cowboys roster.
Hill is however 36 and is at the age where a quarterbacks arm starts to decline, so the Cowboys would definitely have to do their homework and determine if he has anything left in the tank.
Alex Tanney (Tennessee Titans)
Alex Tanney was a member of the Dallas Cowboys briefly in 2013. He played in five preseason games and completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. He was released and then re-signed to the practice squad, only to be poached by the Cleveland Browns.
Tanney and the Cowboys obviously have a working knowledge of one another, but I honestly don't think the Cowboys organization would go this direction. I just think there are better options available, but I could be wrong.
EJ Manuel (Buffalo Bills)
If EJ Manuel is released by the Buffalo Bills, the Dallas Cowboys could bring him in and see if they can bring out the talent that made him a first-round draft pick in the first place.
I may be mistaken, but the Cowboys showed interest in Manuel last season when they were looking for a backup quarterback. At the time, the Buffalo Bills weren't interested in trading him, but this is a year later and Manuel hasn't developed the way they had hoped.
The Dallas Cowboys seem to like to bring in former first rounders and EJ Manuel certainly fits into that category.
Mark Sanchez (Denver Broncos)
It is already rumored that the Denver Broncos are planning to release Mark Sanchez. If released would the Dallas Cowboys be interested in the former first-round quarterback?
I personally don't see any interest from the Cowboys in bringing in Sanchez, but he is however a veteran player with playoff experience. They should be familiar with who Sanchez is as a player due to his time with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles, so the decision could possibly already have been made.
Do any of these quarterbacks interest you?
Please feel free to use the comment section below to provide your thoughts and opinions or to share with us what quarterback you would like the Dallas Cowboys to bring in.
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.
Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...
Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.
Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.
This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.
Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.
This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder
The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.
Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation
Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.
He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap
It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.
As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.
It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.
- TE Jason Witten (unretired)
- TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
- DT Christian Covington (Texans)
The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.
Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.
Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.
- WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
- TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
- DL David Irving (shenanigans)
- LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)
Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.
Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.
Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.
While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.
- FB Jamize Olawale
- WR Tavon Austin
- WR Allen Hurns (team option)
- OT Cam Fleming
- G/C Joe Looney (team option)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
- DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
- LB Justin March-Lillard
- S Darian Thompson
While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?
The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.
Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.
Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.
On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.
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