The Dallas Cowboys made an eyebrow raising move over the weekend when they announced the signing and acquisition of veteran National Football League quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton, best known for his time as the quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, provides the Cowboys with an excellent backup option behind Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott as well as some protection if Prescott decides to hold out after having the franchise tag placed on him by the Dallas Cowboys, but not everyone is going to be happy about Dalton's arrival.
According to a report from Jon Machota of The Athletic the Dallas Cowboys have now officially signed Dalton to his new one year deal which also meant that they had to make space for him on their roster, much to the chagrin of another Dallas Cowboy. Machota is also reporting that quarterback Cooper Rush, who has played backup for the Cowboys over the last 3 years, has been waived. This effectively ends his time as a Cowboy and although there was once a belief that Cooper, a quarterback from Central Michigan who went undrafted, showed some promise it seems unlikely that he will land in a prominent role elsewhere at this point in the offseason. If he does sign on with another team I would expect him to have to work his way up from the bottom of the depth chart as a 3rd or possibly even 4th quarterback option.
Although you feel for Cooper here as this is a pretty tough break in his career at the end of the day football is a business, and big business at that. There is no question here that Dalton is a significant upgrade at the position and no one will be protesting this decision from the Cowboys front office today.
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