The Cowboys have only two backup quarterbacks on their roster, and Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers have a combined three games of experience.
They could have interest in Brian Hoyer “at the right price,” according to a source.
But the Cowboys didn’t want to pay Colt McCoy or Chase Daniel what the Redskins and Eagles offered respectively in free agency. McCoy re-signed with the Redskins, getting $9 million in a three-year deal, including $1.8 million to sign. Daniel signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Eagles, with $12 million guaranteed.
Hoyer likely gets more money elsewhere, which also could provide him with an opportunity to compete for the starting job. The Jets are unsettled at the position with Ryan Fitzpatrick still in a contract stalemate.
The Texans paid Hoyer a $1 million salary and a $4.2 million roster bonus as their starter last season. They released him Sunday.
The Cowboys last paid big money to a backup quarterback when they signed Kyle Orton to a three-year, $10.5 million deal in 2012 that included $5 million to sign.
Starter Tony Romo missed 12 games last season, and three backups went 1-11. The Cowboys cut Brandon Weeden during the season and Matt Cassel left in free agency, leaving only Moore among the backups who started for the team last year.
Moore lost both his starts, throwing four touchdowns and six interceptions.