6 Cowboys on the Chopping Block After 2024 Minicamp

These six Cowboys are on the chopping block after minicamp,
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3. Cooper Rush, QB

Cooper Rush is a trusted backup quarterback but the Dallas Cowboys have another option this season in Trey Lance. The former No. 3 overall pick never panned out with the San Francisco 49ers and landed in Dallas last season.

Lance cost the team a fourth-round pick which feels like a lot of compensation for someone likely to be released — but apparently, the coaching staff was high on his talent and wanted to make sure they didn't get into a bidding war.

Lance is entering his fourth season and has four starts under his belt. He went 2-2 for the 49ers and threw for 797 yards with five touchdowns and three picks. The mobile gun-slinger added 235 yards and a touchdown on the ground but lost his job to Brock Purdy, leading to his departure.

In Dallas, he finds himself in the media often. Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his deal and the Cowboys have been hesitant to pay him. They're also planning on giving Lance a long look during the preseason which has led to speculation that he might be the QB they prefer long-term.

Even if that's not the case, Lance will get every opportunity to prove himself and if he plays well, he could leapfrog Rush. If that happens, the Cowboys might prefer to keep just two quarterbacks and add someone to the practice squad for emergencies. That's why the veteran leaves camp on the chopping block despite having success in the past.