Cowboys Urged to Sign Ex-Rams Quarterback as Dak Prescott Insurance

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Getty Dak Prescott (left) and Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys.

If the Dallas Cowboys are looking to add another quarterback to their roster, they should consider signing former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Bryce Perkins, according to David Howman of SB Nation’s Blogging the Boys.

Perkins, 26, was one of many players — including fellow quarterback Jacob Eason — who worked out for the team,’s Patrik Walker tweeted on June 5.

Why the Cowboys Could Use Bryce Perkins

Howman argued that the Cowboys could look for another quarterback to serve as a developmental prospect on the practice squad or as QB3 on game days, suggesting that Will Grier and Cooper Rush battle for the backup to starter Dak Prescott.

“Adding Bryce Perkins to this quarterback room makes too much sense,” Howman wrote in his June 6 story. “Rush has shown his ability to function at an adequate level as a backup, and Grier had some fans in the building last year before missing time in the preseason with an injury. But neither of them possess the athleticism of Perkins, a veritable dual-threat quarterback.”

Perkins has very little experience over the course of his first three seasons in the league. He did serve as a backup to Matthew Stafford over the past two seasons, winning a Super Bowl ring with the 2021 Los Angeles Rams. Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent back in 2020, Perkins has appeared in five games, with the majority of his action coming in his lone start, a 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12 of the 2022 season.

In that start, Perkins displayed his dual-threat abilities, throwing 100 yards for one touchdown and two interceptions to go along with 44 rushing yards.

“Perkins would give the Cowboys a backup option with a more similar skill set to Prescott than either Rush or Grier currently offer, at least as it relates to athleticism, and he’d make the third player on the roster to have won a Super Bowl,” writes Howman. “That’s a great combination for a third quarterback.”

Bryce Perkins Could Be Upgrade Over Will Grier

While Perkins may possess a more athletic skill set that fits with today’s mold of quarterbacks, Rush impressed during his stint as a starter last season. With Prescott sidelined due to injury, the former undrafted free agent quarterback led the Cowboys to a 4-1 record, with his lone loss coming against the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Assuming the Cowboys give Perkins a shot, the more likely scenario would see him looking to supplant Grier as Dallas’ third quarterback on game days.

The 28-year-old Grier was a former highly touted quarterback at the University of Florida and he eventually parlayed that into a third-round draft selection in the NFL. However, he hasn’t appeared in a game since 2019 with the Carolina Panthers and looked extremely underwhelming in his two starts with the Panthers. Grier threw zero touchdowns against four interceptions for 228 yards and 4.4 yards per attempt while going 0-2.

Dallas currently has two open roster spots available on its 90-man roster, and the Cowboys are still looking to sign a veteran kicker.

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