Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys still could end up signing a QB ... or drafting one ... or both

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was among the quarterbacks who visited Valley Ranch.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was among the quarterbacks who visited Valley Ranch. AP

The Cowboys have not ruled out signing a veteran quarterback as a backup to Tony Romo. Despite doing their due diligence on veterans Colt McCoy, Chase Daniel and Matt Moore, Dallas has yet to address its backup quarterback situation.

Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers, who have a combined three games of experience, remain the only backup quarterbacks on the roster despite the Cowboys going 1-11 without Tony Romo last season.

Veteran Brian Hoyer remains on the free-agent market, and other quarterbacks, including Nick Foles, are expected to become available after the draft.

“There’s usually opportunities in players, and what’s going to happen in this draft,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Some people will, and it could be us being one of those guys, taking a quarterback that maybe loosens up another quarterback somewhere else. Of course, there’s constant talks throughout the offseason of people who want to move a quarterback and haven’t moved them yet. We know there are those opportunities out there. For whatever the reason, we weren’t able to secure a guy we were comfortable with. I do think there are other options out there that we can add depth to where we are, as to where we sit today.”

Although the Cowboys won’t come out of the draft with one of the top-two quarterbacks, they could draft one at some point. Dallas brought five other quarterbacks to Valley Ranch, including Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett.

Owner Jerry Jones insists finding a quarterback to groom is not a priority but concedes the Cowboys could draft one. The Cowboys have drafted only five quarterbacks since Jones bought the team in 1989.

“The bottom line is, yes, we could certainly if the right situation is there on the board, what is there and what’s not there, we could pick a quarterback down from those first two there,” Jerry Jones said.

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