Cowboys Could Trade for Patriots Veteran QB in Coming Days

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones

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Let’s assume neither Cooper Rush nor Garrett Gilbert blow the doors off the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s preseason finale.

Left wanting, the Cowboys may turn to the trade market to find their long-term backup quarterback behind Dak Prescott. And there they might stumble on New England’s Jarrett Stidham, one of three options proposed by media outlet

Stuck as the Patriots’ No. 4 quarterback behind Cam Newton, Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer, there’s a darn good chance that this former fourth-round pick will be moved ahead of Week 1. It could come via the waiver wire or a potential trade

Either way, the Auburn product becomes a real option for Dallas. He’s still only 25 years old and was held in high regard by the Patriots’ brass prior to some inconsistencies as a sophomore last season. Not only would Stidham act as an upgrade, he’d potentially be a long-term option behind Dak in Big D.

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Background on Stidham

A 2019 fourth-round pick, the 25-year-old has appeared in eight games across his first two professional campaigns, completing 24 of 48 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Being the aforementioned fourth QB on New England’s preseason depth chart, Stidham’s yet to make his 2021 debut and appears closer to the unemployment line than the playing field.

The Auburn product, a decorated collegian, is under contract through 2022. He’s set to count $1.009 million against this season’s salary cap. The Patriots would save $850,000 by trading Stidham in 2021. Which is what the Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan suggested last month

“Therefore, it’s off to Dallas for Stidham, who holds the door for fourth-year wideout Cedrick Wilson as he exits,” Callahan wrote, propositioning a swap with Dallas. “Wilson had 20 touches for 177 yards and two touchdowns last season as the Cowboys’ No. 4 receiver. He originally entered the league as a sixth-round pick from Boise State in 2018, then missed his rookie year with a torn labrum and split the 2019 season between Dallas’ active roster and practice squad.

“…Somehow, Dallas still needs a backup quarterback, with only Cooper Rush, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert on the roster. Stidham’s tools could tempt the Cowboys on their own, or they might take confidence in the coaching he’s received from Josh McDaniels. Stidham’s contract is also cheaper than Wilson’s, and twice as long, after the 6-foot-5, 188-pound wideout returned on a 1-year, restricted free agent tender in April. If Noah Brown or fifth-round rookie receiver Semi Fehoko can pull even with Wilson on Dallas’ depth chart this summer, he becomes the definition of expendable. Both teams are dealing from a position of surplus here.”

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Rush to Start Finale

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that Rush — not Gilbert — will receive first-team quarterback reps ahead of the team’s final exhibition matchup.

“He has earned this opportunity, absolutely,” McCarthy said, via the official Cowboys website. “He was always prepared for his opportunity. He fought through two injuries, both the shoulder and the back. I thought he played well against Houston. He has earned this opportunity.”

Rush was the Cowboys’ best QB during last week’s loss to Houston. The ex-practice-squadder completed 10-of-12 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns across five possessions. Gilbert managed just 30 scoreless yards on 3-of-5 passing amid the 20-14 defeat.

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