2017 brought many questions for this Dallas Cowboys football team.
Of all those questions Dallas has entering the 2018 off-season will not be the quarterback position. Dak Prescott took a step back in his second season as the Cowboys starting quarterback, but there are no questions if he is the answer moving forward. Dak is still the man in Dallas and no reason to believe he won’t be moving forward.
The one spot Dallas could consider bringing help in would be the backup role. Currently that spot belongs to Cooper Rush. As an undrafted free agent this season, Rush played very well in the preseason, but would he give this team a shot if Dak were to go down with an injury for an extended amount of time? That is where I don’t know if I can trust him.
The talent this football team has on offense should allow the backup to paly well enough to get the job done. If Prescott were to miss a game, I think Rush could keep the ship afloat, but if that game turns into three or four games, that is where I don’t know if I feel comfortable with Rush, just yet.
Was the lack of a veteran behind Prescott, a key to his struggles in 2017?
He has a shot to be a good backup in this league, but with the team that surrounds Dak currently, I would go after a seasoned veteran. Someone that can lead this team if need be, while also helping Prescott to be a better player on and off the field. Much like Tony Romo was able to do during Prescott’s rookie season.
That is where the drop happened in 2017. He didn’t have that veteran behind him to help him through the season during those rough stretches of games. Those times will come, and we saw that in year two. It also didn’t help to lose his All-Pro running back behind him for six games, especially in a crucial stretch of games late in the season.
Veterans will be out there, from the elite to those looking to finish their career with a winning organization!
The top free agents to come out in 2018 will be Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, and Matthew Stafford. Those names will not be entertained, and we won’t even make a “dream” list of any of these stars. We are looking for a veteran to come in and be a backup for this Cowboys team, none of those three know what the word backup means.
Not to mention Dallas is looking for that backup to sign for near the veteran minimum. The Cousins and Brees of the world will be making close to $18-$20 million a year.
We are looking at players like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Henne, and Matt Moore. All three would be decent options, players that can come in and put pressure on Rush in the camps and preseason. They aren’t players that you would feel comfortable with as your week one starter. However, they are the type of player that could keep the team in contention, but only if the need came up for a few games.
What happens in Minnesota is also something to keep an eye on. Currently they have Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater. There is a zero percent chance all three come back, and a possibility that two of those names get put on new teams in 2018. My guess would bet that Keenum is back for another year with his success this year. I wouldn’t mind one of these three as an option, but likely will demand too much money in a quarterback-needy league.