Cowboys Waive QB Cooper Rush, Make Room For Andy Dalton

Ruben Hill
May 5, 2020

The Dallas Cowboys added a former starting quarterback over the weekend, and as a result Cooper Rush is out of an National Football League job. Dalton is coming home to Texas as Dak Prescott's backup with the Dallas Cowboys.

But according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Patriots never pursued Dalton before he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday. Dalton was released by the Bengals on Thursday, a couple of weeks after they used the No. 1 pick to select quarterback Joe Burrow in the 2020 National Football League draft on April 23.

It's the biggest investment in a backup by the Cowboys since Kyle Orton was behind Tony Romo in 2012-13. The Cowboys aren't expected to alter their approach toward Prescott, who has been the starter since the 2016 season, and he has not missed a game. In nearly three full seasons as the Cowboys' backup, Rush had appeared in just five games, completing one of just three pass attempts for two yards. He completed one of three passes. Rush was set for restricted free agency this offseason, but the Cowboys cuffed him in March using the affordable original round tender.

Behind Dalton, the No. 3 job should come down to James Madison's Ben DiNucci, a seventh-round pick this year, and Clayton Thorson. He's also equipped to run practices for the Cowboys later this year, in case the Prescott saga drags on.

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