Dallas Cowboys Sign Kellen Moore But Still in Need of Backup for Dak Prescott

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 03/21/17 07:59AM EDT
Kellen Moore
Kellen Moore of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Washington Redskins.(Photo : Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In a move to address the team's depth at quarterback for the 2017 season, the Dallas Cowboys re-signed back-up signal caller Kellen Moore to a one-year deal.

The Cowboys announced the signing but did not provide financial details of the new contract, an NFL.com indicated. The 27-year-old Moore was expected to be Tony Romo's backup last season before sustaining a fractured fibula in the first week of training camp. Three weeks later, Romo injured his back in the third preseason game.

The development paved the way for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to start for the Cowboys. The fourth-round pick from Mississippi State did not disappoint, as he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record last season.

In 2015, Moore appeared in three games for an injured Romo. He completed 61 of 104 passes for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Moore played three seasons with the Detroit Lions from 2012 to 2014. He played his first two years with Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who then held the same title with the Lions.

With the signing, the Cowboys now have three quarterbacks under contract -- Prescott, Romo and Moore. Mark Sanchez, who appeared in one game last season, remains an unrestricted free agent.

The Cowboys are looking to trade the 36-year-old Romo, who is signed through 2019. Dallas might also be forced to release Romo if they will not find a trade partner soon.

The Cowboys brought in veteran quarterback Josh McCown for a workout two weeks ago. However, the New York Jets signed him to a one-year contract with a guaranteed $6 million salary Monday. 

The Cowboys will now look for a veteran to guide Prescott, who finished the regular season with a passer rating of 104.9. It was the best passer rating for a rookie in NFL history, breaking the previous record of 102.4 set by Robert Griffin III in 2012.

With four interceptions in 459 pass attempts, Prescott also had the lowest interception percentage for a rookie in NFL history. Prescott threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also ran for an additional 282 yards and six touchdowns. 



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