Dallas Cowboys retain Cooper Rush, stabilizing position for 2 more years

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The Dallas Cowboys have made further moves to stabilize their team and ensure they stay a contender for the near future. Coming to terms with backup QB, Cooper Rush, they insulated the most important position on their team.

After going 4-1 in place of the injured Dak Prescott, Rush was allowed to test free agency and see if green pastures came calling. After a few days on the market it apparently did not, with Rush signing a modest 2-year deal that will keep him in Dallas throughout the length of Prescott’s contract.

Cooper Rush and Dak Prescott are now both locked in for the next two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

While the move does little to move the needle on the Dallas Cowboys potential, it raises the floor of what could happen should Prescott miss time. Prescott missed five games in 2022 and in 2020 he missed 11. Having a capable back-up has proven to be make-or-break in the past and it’s likely the driving force as to why Rush was re-signed.

In 2022, Rush never posted more than 250 yards passing. In two starts he failed to even reach 200 yards passing. His paltry numbers were enough to win behind an elite Dallas defense but seemingly not impressive enough to garner attention on the open market.

Rush’s return must be seen as good news to the Dallas Cowboys and Cowboys Nation. He has proven in the past he won’t press and is willing and able to lean on his defense to win games. He plays within himself and still has the ability to make big time throws when called upon.

To any serious minded analysis, he’s of no threat to Prescott at QB1 but offers stability and mentorship behind the Cowboys franchise signal caller. Rush understands the system and can help mentor younger developmental passers the Cowboys may bring in this year.

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Overall, it’s a solid move at a low price which could produce priceless results should he have to fill in for Prescott again.