Who will back up Prescott when Romo is gone?

Looking at some options to back up Dak Prescott in 2017.

Tony Romo
Jul 30, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) throws the ball at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason will likely see the departure of Tony Romo from the Cowboys sidelines, so the question in everyone’s minds is who is going to back up Dak Prescott when the veteran is no longer there? Free agency and the draft are both options, arguments can be made on either side. Given this year’s draft class, free agency may be the best course of action.

There are several quality quarterbacks and some solid backups that will hit free agency this year. The biggest name is obviously Kirk Cousins, if he doesn’t reach a deal with Washington. He isn’t a good prospect for Dallas, however, since he’ll be looking to be the main man under center. Some other free agents might fit well into Dallas’ scheme though.

Nick Foles

It’s no secret that Nick Foles and the Chiefs have been at odds. He’s been a backup quarterback since his time with the Rams and he might be looking for a new home that hands him the reigns, but that may not be in the cards. He only played two games this season, but ended with a QBR of 105.9, nothing to scoff at. Fitting him into the Cowboys offense with Jason Garrett could be the boost he needs.


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Mike Glennon

Glennon is still young enough to make his way to a starting position with the right coaching staff. His numbers leave something to be desired, but a decent QB can become a great QB in the right set of circumstances.

Ryan Nassib

Training under a quarterback the caliber of Eli Manning lends some invaluable experience. Ryan Nassib has benefited from four years under the tutelage of a Manning, and it shows when he gets on the field. He definitely needs more playing time but his couple of outings saw good results.

The pool of QB free agents isn’t a young one overall, but there is some talent up for grabs. If Dallas locks down a strong vet, they’d be just as well off as getting one of these young bucks, however, their future needs to be considered and a younger up-and-comer might be a better long-term fit.

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