According to report, the Dallas Cowboys are considering rumors about veteran quarterback Cam Newton . After Dak Prescott sustained a thumb injury that required surgery, Dallas found themselves in a difficult situation regarding their quarterback position.
The Cowboys are weighing their options on the free agency market and in trade. They don’t know how long Prescott will be gone. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler Dallas is unlikely to pursue a trade for a new quarterback. Fowler also stated that they do not believe Newton has any interest.
Fowler’s report seems to suggest that Dallas is happy to allow Cooper Rush to take control of the offense in Prescott’s absence. He prefers his experience with the team to building another quarterback for a brief period.
“As of now, the Cowboys do not plan to trade for a starting quarterback, barring an unforeseen development. A source told me that path is unlikely,” explained Fowler. “Dak Prescott’s improved timeline (he has a chance to return in October) and the team’s familiarity with Cooper Rush helps them stay patient here. So, the most likely scenario is Dallas adds a third quarterback via the practice squad and elevates backup Will Grier on game day. I don’t expect the team to sign free agent Cam Newton. It will probably acquire somebody else.”
Fowler says that one of the major factors in their decision-making is how long Prescott will be away. Jerry Jones indicated Wednesday that he expects Prescott to return within four weeks. While there is no set time frame and Prescott’s recovery will be at his own pace, Dallas seems to anticipate him returning sooner than originally thought.
Although originally deemed a 6–8 week recovery time for injury, Prescott’s successful surgery convinced the team that six weeks was possible. Prescott could return to action in the least one game of the team’s Week 9 bye weeks. Dallas will support Rush, even though he doesn’t know how many games he will miss. He has the most experience in the offense.
Fowler’s ESPN colleague Dan Graziano explained how dire the situation was from Dallas. He pointed out that the offense struggled in their season opener despite having Prescott there until the last minutes.
“Did any of the other teams lose their starting quarterback for the next six to eight weeks? Being without Dak Prescott for a significant chunk of time will cost the Cowboys, for sure, but even more alarming was how horrible they looked on offense against Tampa Bay before Dak got hurt. The line is a mess, CeeDee Lamb did not impress in his debut as the nominal No. 1 wide receiver, and there isn’t much else behind him. And not to pile on a guy who got hurt, but Prescott played a terrible game Sunday night as well. All of the concerns about the Cowboys’ offense that followed them into the season were on display, and it’s obviously not going to get any easier to fix the problem with QB1 on the shelf,” said Graziano.