Why the Cowboys haven't signed Cam Newton as Dak Prescott's backup after Patriots release

Why the Cowboys haven't signed Cam Newton as Dak Prescott's backup after Patriots release

Cam Newton remains unsigned as the NFL season trucks ahead through Week 6.

Newton has been a free agent since the Patriots surprisingly released him on eve of the 2021 NFL season. Despite his boatload of starting experience — 139 career regular-season starts — and his MVP campaign in 2015, teams haven’t shown a legitimate interest in signing him.

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That includes the Cowboys, which on the surface, makes sense. After all, Dallas has one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now. Dak Prescott is among the league’s MVP candidates and has led the team to a 4-1 record while throwing 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

However, behind him, the team has little proven experience. In fact, their backup quarterback, Cooper Rush, has attempted just three passes in regular-season action. So, if Prescott were to go down again, the Cowboys may be left scrambling as they look to find a legitimate replacement for him again.

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Could the Cowboys sign Cam Newton?

It doesn’t seem like the Cowboys are planning on signing Cam Newton. Dallas coach Mike McCarthy spoke about Newton after the Patriots released him.

“I think he has a ton of football left,” McCarthy said of Newton, per NFL Network. “But we’re very excited about the group that we have.”

That doesn’t rule out a potential reunion, but it sounds like Dallas is comfortable rolling with the unproven duo of Rush and Will Grier as their 53-man roster options. The team also has 2020 seventh-round draft pick Ben DiNucci on their practice squad, so they are four-deep at the position.

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Perhaps if neither Rush nor Grier inspires confidence in practice, Dallas could pursue Newton. Or if Prescott gets banged-up at any point, maybe they will add Newton if only to add experience, as their backups have started a combined three NFL games. 

For now, though, Cowboys fans shouldn’t expect Newton to sign in Dallas.