Ex-Cowboys QB's Release Opens Door for Possible Reunion

On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos released ex-Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci. Could we see the veteran signal-caller return to Dallas to compete for the QB2 job?
Will QB Ben DiNucci return to the Cowboys?
Will QB Ben DiNucci return to the Cowboys? / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL offseason continues, Dallas Cowboys fans wonder what the final 53-man roster will eventually look like. Although the draft and minor free-agent signings helped address holes in the Cowboys' lineup, the exact order of the depth chart is still up for debate as training camp looms.

One area on the depth chart that might see some movement is the quarterback room. There's no doubt that Dak Prescott will be the Cowboys' QB1 for the ninth consecutive season, however, it remains to be seen if Cooper Rush or Trey Lance will serve as the No. 2 gunslinger.

But while Rush and Lance gear up for a potential QB competition this summer, one ex-Cowboy could join the competition following his release this week.

Cowboys News: Broncos Release Ben DiNucci

On Wednesday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that the Denver Broncos have released former Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci. The former James Madison signal-caller was selected 231st overall by Dallas at the 2020 draft and spent two seasons with the franchise before being waived in 2022.

Having said that, DiNucci still hasn't played an NFL game since his rookie season. In a year where Prescott was limited to five starts due to injury, DiNucci completed 23-of-43 passes (53.5%) for 219 passing yards and a 67.9 passer rating without a touchdown or interception in three games (1 start).

After his Cowboys stint was a bust, DiNucci signed a one-year deal with the XFL's Seattle Sea Dragons. The decision was a good one as he recorded 2,671 passing yards and 20 TDs (to 13 INTs) while also rushing the ball 53 times for 305 yards and another three scores across 10 games.

It'd be interesting to see what the 27-year-old has left in the tank after spending the 2023 NFL campaign on the Broncos' practice squad. While he might not be qualified for the QB2 role, I could see DiNucci having a solid competition with Lance for the QB3 spot. After all, the former third-overall pick has only made 420 passing attempts in the last three years and might be running out of time to prove his potential.

A reliable backup QB is important when it comes to building a contending team. Even if DiNucci doesn't wound up getting the job in Dallas, the fact that his presence would likely bring out the best in Rush and Lance, which the Cowboys likely wouldn't mind.

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