After losing Zac Dysert to a back injury, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with former New Orleans Saints back-up quarterback Luke McCown.
When the Dallas Cowboys started training camp this week, they had four quarterbacks on their depth chart. Then, on Wednesday, Zac Dysert bent over to pick up a bag in his room at training camp and promptly hurt his back.
Dysert, whom the Cowboys claimed off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals early last month, has now had season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. His sudden absence left only veteran Kellen Moore and undrafted rookie Cooper Rush to back-up starter Dak Prescott in Dallas.
With the Hall of Fame game less than a week away, and Prescott unlikely to play many snaps (if any) during the contest with the Cardinals, the Cowboys needed to find a veteran quarterback to help fill the void.
Dallas did just that on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $250,000 deal with long time veteran back-up quarterback Luke McCown. The 36-year old McCown has spent the past four seasons with the New Orleans Saints backing up Drew Brees.
A native Texan out of Jacksonville, McCown was originally a fourth round selection by the Cleveland Browns in 2004. He has also had stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons.
Entering his 14th season in the NFL, McCown’s career numbers include passing for 2,370 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a career completion percentage of 60.7.
The last time McCown started a game was in Week Three of the 2015 regular season, when he threw for 310 yards, one touchdown and one interception, completing 31 of his 38 passes, in a 27-22 Saints’ loss to the Carolina Panthers.