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Cowboys like backup QB Kellen Moore, no interest in Nick Foles

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore (17) will get every opportunity to win the backup job behind Tony Romo. The Cowboys have no interest in free agent Nick Foles.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore (17) will get every opportunity to win the backup job behind Tony Romo. The Cowboys have no interest in free agent Nick Foles. AP

The Dallas Cowboys like their backup quarterback situation behind starter Tony Romo and have no interest in free agent Nick Foles.

Owner Jerry Jones was unequivocal in denouncing any interest in Foles, who was recently released by the Los Angeles Rams and has tons more starting experience than current backup option Kellen Moore.

"Foles isn't an option," Jones said. "We know Foles pretty well. We like Moore."

The Cowboys are committed to giving the unproven Moore every opportunity to win the backup job, while developing rookie fourth-round pick Zak Prescott.

They also have Jameill Showers on the roster, giving them four quarterbacks along with Romo to split reps in practice.

The Cowboys understand the importance of having a quality backup behind Romo, 36, who missed 12 games last year because of a twice-fractured collarbone and underwent back surgery following the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He has not played a full 16 games since 2012.

The Cowboys lost 11 of 12 games last season without starter Tony Romo. They are 1-14 without Romo since 2011.

But the Cowboys are focused on developing a backup quarterback from within and hope to have similar success as the Cincinnati Bengals had last with A.J. McCarron.

"At some point you have to develop guys," vice president Stephen Jones said. "And Cincinnati last year had a really solid football team. You look at what they did with A.J., a fifth-round pick out of the SEC and he came in and had every opportunity and, nothing to do with him, had a chance to win a playoff game for them.

"So, at some point you've got to commit your resources to getting your young guys ready or you're always in that mode of older, veteran guys. And I think Tony where he is in his career, we're starting a journey and obviously made a significant pick there with Dak. And we obviously like what we've seen in Showers. And think Kellen is mature beyond his years and comfortable with where we are. But at some point you can get too crowded."

Right now, the Cowboys are focused on the unproven Moore, listed generously at 6-foot, 200 pounds, who has two starts and no wins in the NFL since going undrafted in 2012 after winning 50 of 53 games in four years at Boise State.

He spent three years on the practice squad with the Detroit Lions before signing with the Cowboys midway through last season when he played in the final three games, starting two and amassing four touchdown passes, six interceptions and 779 passing yards.

"Well, we're excited about what Kellen has done and we're going to give him an opportunity,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Stephen said it earlier you're always looking to help your football team. Player evaluation, player acquisition is 365 days out of the year. So, if anybody can help us at any position, we're certainly looking at that."

They will look at anybody but Foles.

He is not an option, per Jerry Jones.

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