Dak Prescott Backup: Cowboys Could Sign QB Blake Bortles


Blake Bortles with Rams

For the second time this offseason, the media is attempting to arrange a marriage between Blake Bortles and the Dallas Cowboys.

And this time, the Cowboys actually might propose.

In the wake of the right (throwing) shoulder injury to franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, the team has begun evaluating its backup options for the 2021 season, of which there are many. Such as in-house holdovers Garrett Gilbert, Cooper Rush, and Ben DiNucci — a former AAF star, practice-squadder, and seventh-round pick, respectively.

Or, perhaps, a veteran free-agent like Bortles, who was released earlier this week by the Green Bay Packers. He’s experienced (73 career starts), would come cheap, and, most importantly, provide the club a safer parachute behind Prescott should disaster strike (again).

On Thursday, the official Cowboys website speculated about a potential Bortles signing.

“I’ve been in favor of that idea since before the Packers signed him,” reporter David Helman wrote in his latest mailbag. “We all know that his career has been disappointing, but he does have 73 starts and 103 touchdowns to his name. I don’t see the harm in bringing him in to at least bolster the competition. The Cowboys considered a couple other veterans over the summer, so I doubt we’ll have to wait long to see if there’s any interest.”

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