3. Cooper Rush
Yes this may raise some eyebrows. However, having a solid backup quarterback in today’s NFL is important to keep a season on the tracks. The Cowboys went through this in a big way last year when Prescott broke his thumb on opening night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He missed the next five games before returning in week seven against the Detroit Lions.
In that span Rush went 4-1, keeping Dallas in position to push for the playoffs when Dak returned. He passed for 1,051 yards, five touchdowns and threw just three interceptions. While the offense was not nearly as dynamic when Dak was under center, Rush did enough to win.
Yes, he had a lot of help from Micah Parsons and the defense, but you cannot ask for much more from a backup quarterback when you feel you are a playoff team.
If Rush were to hit the market, it would be hard to imagine a lot of teams begging for his services. However, teams around the league cannot discount what he did for Dallas last year. If he were to sign somewhere else it would most likely be in a backup role. If Jerry Jones is smart, he will at least offer Rush something to come back.
Prescott is no doubt the man in Dallas, but after a serious ankle injury in 2020, missing a game in 2021 and missing five last year, the Cowboys have to consider having a capable backup in 2023. Despite the departure of Kellen Moore, Rush has been with this offense for several seasons. It would be more beneficial to keep him as opposed to drafting a quarterback late maybe on day three of the draft.
While it is a long shot Jerry all of a sudden picks up the phone today, calls all three of these players and re-signs them, it would be in his team’s best interest. All three of these guys are not big-name players so the opportunity is there for Jerry to easily bring them back. There needs to be sense of urgency though because all three will be getting calls from other teams.