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Cowboys thought about trading for McCown before Prescott took over

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has led the Dallas Cowboys to a 6-1 record heading into Sunday’s game against Cleveland.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has led the Dallas Cowboys to a 6-1 record heading into Sunday’s game against Cleveland. AP

A confluence of events led to Dak Prescott inheriting the starting job for the Dallas Cowboys. One of those was the Cowboys not trading for veteran Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown.

The Cowboys explored a move for McCown, who is in his second season with the Browns, when Kellen Moore broke his ankle early in training camp. Cleveland, though, wanted too much for McCown.

"It was never close,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan before the game. “We really, it never fit at that time."

The Cowboys ultimately decided to start Prescott, the fourth-round pick, after seeing him in training camp and the preseason. He has the Cowboys off to a 6-1 start.

McCown is 0-2 as a starter this season for the Browns and 18-41 in his career. He has 77 career touchdowns, 67 interceptions and a 78.5 rating.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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