Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones felt the team needed a veteran presence behind Dak Prescott at quarterback. Tony Romo is in the broadcast booth and Kellen Moore has less playing experience than Prescott, so he signed journeyman Luke McCown.
With the signing, McCown joins his sixth NFL franchise and gets to continue his 13-year career. Jones said he chose McCown over free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick because of how he fits into the depth chart.
“We really have our guys set in a way that Luke fit what we wanted from our third quarterback,” Jones said Saturday, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “Dak is obviously No. 1. Moore is obviously No. 2, so we’re looking more for somebody that we can evaluate and train and possibly be a quarterback of the future.”
It might sound odd to most that Jones considers a 36-year-old with 10 career starts a better long-term option than a 29-year-old with a Super Bowl appearance on his resume. Jones cited his depth chart as a further reason.
“We really are looking at our third quarterback,” he said. “I said we’re looking for a player that we can develop more. That’s about all I’d say about it.”
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