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6-time retired Pro Bowl QB named as possible Cowboys signing

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The Dallas Cowboys are considered a possible landing spot for one of the better-known retired quarterbacks.

As noted by Sports Illustrated’s Noah Strackbein, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is listed as an opportunity to sign with the Cowboys. According to BetOnline.AG, Roethlisberger has odds of 50/1 to sign with Dallas.

Other well-known retired quarterbacks include Ryan Fitzpatrick (13/2), Andrew Luck (66/1), Phillip Rivers (50/1), and Drew Brees (66/1).

“Believe it or not, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on the list as a possibility for the Dallas Cowboys’ next quarterback signing,” Strackbein said. “Certainly something that all fans fully expect. According to BetOnline.ag, Roethlisberger could find himself the next signed quarterback in Dallas. He is currently at 50/1 odds to join the Cowboys this season.”

Roethlisberger retired upon the conclusion of the 2021 season after spending all 18 years of his career with the Steelers. The 40-year-old quarterback hasn’t shown any interest in making a comeback, but he admitted he felt compelled to retire from Pittsburgh.

“First of all, my coach and GM don’t want me back,” Roethlisberger said of the offseason. “Secondly, I’m pretty happy with my current position. be a bus driver, prepare lunch in the morning.”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Gerry Dulac backed up this claim in his Mailbag column back in May.

Roethlisberger wasn’t exactly impressive in his final season in the NFL. While leading the Steelers into the postseason, he was considered one of the league’s worst starting quarterbacks. According to Pro Football Focus, Roethlisberger posted an offensive grade of 55.8 during the 2021 season. That grade put him second-to-last among all starting quarterbacks, ahead of just Sam Darnold of the Carolina Panthers.

The Cowboys currently ride with Cooper Rush as their starting quarterback, with Dak Prescott expected to be sidelined for four to eight weeks due to thumb surgery.

Even before Dallas’ Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals with Rush at the helm, team owner Jerry Jones dismissed the idea that the team would make a big move for a quarterback.

“As of now, the Cowboys are not planning any significant trade for a QB, subject to unforeseen changes, per source.” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Tuesday 13 September. “Cowboys aren’t going to take an opportunity completely off the table, but with Dak Prescott’s improved schedule and Cooper Rush’s proficiency in attacking, the team feels they can be patient.”

The only quarterback move the team made before their Week 2 game against the Bengals was the promotion of Practice Squad quarterback Will Grier to the active roster.

In Rush’s first start of the season, the 28-year-old completed 19 of 31 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions and a solid 95.5 quarterback rating. Rush is now 2-0 as the starting quarterback after leading the Cowboys to a win over the Minnesota Vikings in his only start last season.

To top it off, Prescott could now be out for as long as many expected. In fact, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan that the starting quarterback could return as early as Week 3 against the New York Giants.

“He has a chance, maybe in the third or fourth game,” Jones said of Prescott’s recovery via PFT. “Lets see what happens.”

With Rush as the team’s short-term start, Prescott’s return on the horizon, and Roethlisberger a happy retired quarterback, that idea is more of a dream scenario than anything.

With Rush as the team’s short-term start, Prescott’s return on the horizon, and Roethlisberger a happy retired quarterback, that idea is more of a dream scenario than anything.



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