Cooper Rush returns on 2-year deal as Cowboys backup QB
While most Dallas Cowboys fans await the addition of a quality wide receiver that continues to be teased, the team made a move to keep someone who might be throwing him the ball. The Cowboys re-signed quarterback Cooper Rush to keep him entrenched as their backup for the next two seasons.
Coincidentally, the two-year deal matches with how long starting QB Dak Prescott has left on his contract. The Cowboys are keeping the QB room that combined to win 12 games together for the at least the next few years.
Cowboys are re-signing QB Cooper Rush to a two-year contract worth a maximum $6 million, a person familiar with deal said. Rush is fully guaranteed $2.75M in 2023. Dak Prescott, Rush and Will Grier all under contract. Jerry Jones also has expressed desire to draft a QB next month
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 17, 2023
Rush will be entering his eighth season with the Cowboys, all of them playing behind Prescott. The veteran QB got his first extended playing time in 2022 when Prescott was out with a thumb injury and led the team to a 4-1 record. Rush also filled in for one game in 2021, winning a road outing against the Minnesota Vikings, throwing for 325 yards, and leading the game-winning drive.
In his career, Rush has compiled a 5-1 record and thrown for eight touchdowns.
The Cowboys have expressed a desire to select a quarterback in this year’s draft and Rush’s new deal shouldn’t stop that from happening. The team does love to have continuity and re-signing Rush keeps a harmonious QB room in Dallas.
There were doubts about Rush being a top backup option, but his play over the last two seasons have quieted most concerns. His ability to play within the structure of the offense and mostly avoid turnovers has helped the team win games.
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