Free Agent Quarterbacks the Cowboys Can Sign to Back Up Andy Dalton

Jason Schandl
Free agent quarterbacks the Dallas Cowboys can sign to back up Andy Dalton following Dak Prescott's injury.
Free agent quarterbacks the Dallas Cowboys can sign to back up Andy Dalton following Dak Prescott's injury. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
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The Dallas Cowboys may have lost Dak Prescott to a gruesome ankle injury in Week 5, but that doesn't mean their playoff hopes have been dashed. At 2-3 they still sit in first place in the NFC East, and veteran game manager Andy Dalton should still be able to find some success at the helm in one of the league's most talented offenses.

What the Cowboys do need is a new backup QB, however. For a team in playoff contention, seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci isn't going to cut it as the No. 2 behind Dalton.

Here are the top three free agent QBs the Cowboys should target to back up Dalton.

3. Matt Moore

The Kansas City Chiefs needed Matt Moore to start two games when Patrick Mahomes got hurt in 2019, and he performed admirably, notching a 100.9 passer rating on 91 attempts for the season. Much of that can be attributed to Andy Reid and the talent surrounding Moore in KC, but the Dallas offense is one of the few that can match KC's firepower.

2. Colin Kaepernick

Is Colin Kaepernick the same player he once was? Probably not. But he was a solid starting quarterback for five years from 2012 to 2016. For some context, his career average of 7.3 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) would be tied (with Tom Brady and Cam Newton) for No. 18 in the NFL this season. Even if he's taken a step back, there's a good chance he has enough left in the tank to serve as a solid backup option behind Dalton.

1. Josh McCown

Josh McCown is technically with the Philadelphia Eagles right now, but as a practice squad member, McCown can still be signed away to another team's active roster. Despite predominantly serving as a backup QB, the 41-year-old has been called upon to start at least one game every year since 2012. A veteran with tons of experience learning new offenses, McCown could provide some stability behind Dalton while being a great locker room presence.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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