The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback after Kellen Moore went down with a broken right fibula and is expected to be out three to four months. Behind Tony Romo, this leaves the Cowboys with fourth round draft pick Dak Prescott.
Free agent quarterback Nick Foles is a logical fit for the backup role with the Cowboys by being experienced and Romo’s injury history. Executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged that the Cowboys have had discussions with the agent for Foles.
“He’s had success against us for the (Philadelphia) Eagles, so we’ve seen him a lot,” Jones said.
Jones was complimentary of Foles physical skills as a fit for the Cowboys roster.
“He’s got a big arm,” Jones said. “Obviously when you have the great offensive line we have and we think we’re going to have a very solid running game, the thing you worry about is people trying to suffocate you. He’s proven he can get the ball down the field, so he’s got a lot of attributes that could fit well for us.”
Foles is not the only veteran option the Cowboys are looking at as the team is exploring trades for a veteran quarterback as well. A few of the options potentially available on the trade market are Cleveland Browns’ Josh McCown and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Glennon.
The fit for Foles and the Cowboys is beneficial for both sides. Foles is looking for a home for the 2016 season and with Romo often injured this could be a chance for Foles to prove his worth on the field and rebuild his value for next offseason. For the Cowboys they would obtain a trusted backup with starting experience and the talent to keep the offense performing at a high level.