The Cooper Rush “era” is no more.
According to media reports, the Dallas Cowboys waived the fourth-year quarterback on Monday. This was the expected corresponding move after the team on Saturday signed former Bengals starting QB Andy Dalton to a one-year contract.
Added by Dallas in 2017 as an undrafted free agent, Rush has attempted three career passes, all of which came during his rookie campaign. He hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since, idling behind two-time Pro Bowl incumbent Dak Prescott.
Rush, 26, re-upped with the Cowboys this offseason by inking his restricted free agent tender, worth $2.13 million for 2020. He was considered a shoo-in for No. 2 duties until the club drafted seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci and brought aboard Dalton, an indisputably monumental upgrade at the spot.
A subsequent report following Dalton’s arrival claimed the 32-year-old is not a “threat” to Prescott nor the starting job. The immediate presumption was that Rush would be the odd man out, and such facilitation didn’t take long.
Rush, a Central Michigan product who drew pre-draft comparisons to current Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, will revert to the waiver wire. If unclaimed, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, free to sign elsewhere.
With his departure, the Cowboys clear $2.13 million in salary-cap space, leaving behind no dead money.
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Dalton Contract Details
This was a steal of a signing for Jerry Jones and company. Dalton was already solid value at $7 million, with $3 million guaranteed. But, delving deeper, the Cowboys wrangled a three-time Pro Bowler for pennies on the dollar.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, his deal includes $4 million in unlockable playing time incentives for the regular season and, if applicable, the playoffs. He’d earn the guaranteed money by never stepping foot on the field. Win-win all around.
A 2011 second-round selection, Dalton has thrown for over 31,500 yards, 204 touchdowns and 118 interceptions on 62-percent passing across nine professional seasons with the Bengals, compiling a 70-61-2 career regular-season record. He was released on April 30 after Cincy drafted LSU QB Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick.
Neither Dallas nor Dalton have yet to formally comment on the signing, though Dalton’s wife JJ posted an announcement Sunday on Instagram.
We are so excited to be a part of this amazing organization!! @andydalton14 I couldn’t be more proud of the man you are! Watching you grow through these last 9 years in the NFL has been incredible! There is truly no one else like you! I can’t wait to see what God does this next season of life!! I am so proud of you! Go Cowboys!! Ephesians 2:10???
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