The Dallas Cowboys may see an unlikely option as their next quarterback.
According to Eric Adhanom of NFL.com, a possible substitute for the Cowboys is none other than retired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 39-year-old announced his retirement in June after a 17-year career in which he started for nine different teams. Although Fitzpatrick now has a gig with Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football coverage, the veteran QB may be tempted to return with the Cowboys, Adhanom suggested.
Fitzpatrick turned 40 during Thanksgiving week. While he’s still involved in pro games, as a part of Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football broadcast coverage, he’s completely at peace with his decision to hang them. Maybe from,” Adhanom wrote on September 12. “But if ever there is anyone who can jump off the couch (or out of the analyst chair) to throw a sidewinding, no-look bomb for a touchdown, it’s probably a bearded wonder. What will be the story if it comes to pass.”
Starting quarterback Dak Prescott will be out for at least a month — and potentially up to eight weeks — due to a thumb injury requiring surgery. Meanwhile, the Cowboys would move on with the inexperienced Cooper Rush as the starting quarterback. In other words, Dallas will have to look for a third substitute in the quarterback, considering Will Grier — on the practice team — is the only other quarterback in the organization.
Fitzpatrick impressed during stint with the Dolphins
Fitzpatrick entered the 2021 season as the Washington Commanders’ starting quarterback. However, the season opener suffered a hip subluxation injury, which sidelined the Travelman quarterback for the rest of the season.
During his most recent season of extended playing time, Fitzpatrick was solid (and arguably better than Tua Tagovailoa). He started seven games for the 2020 Miami Dolphins, posting a 4-3 record throwing eight interceptions versus 13 touchdowns for a career-high 68.5% completion rate. According to Pro Football Focus, Fitzpatrick posted an offensive grade of 75.1, ranking 19th among starting quarterbacks.
That grade wasn’t a fluke, either, given that Fitzpatrick posted an offensive grade of 76.5 as a full-season starter for the 2019 Dolphins squad, which lacked players with any notable offensive skill conditions. He posted an even better 83.9 offensive grade during the 2018 season with the playoff-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The fact that Fitzpatrick is a free agent who can be signed quickly — and at a cheap rate — may be at least somewhat appealing to the Cowboys. The other notable free agent on the market is quarterback Cam Newton, who has thrown more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (12) since a career-changing injury in 2018.
Jones Shuts Down the Idea of Trading Cowboys for QB
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones essentially rejected the idea of trading Dallas for the quarterback.
“those people [Rush and Grier] Knows the offense well, has a lot of reps and gives us our best shot as a result,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fans Pride and RJ. “It’s not possible because we don’t have any potential trades pending – pending No, but in the mill – it’s unlikely that you’ll have an experienced quarterback who can come back here and be ready to play as well as those guys can play, even if you thought you had one. Talent can be beneficial.”
If Dallas is adamant about not trading for another quarterback, free agency is the only other route the Cowboys can pursue. In the latter scenario, Dallas could try to get Fitzpatrick out of retirement.
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