Though he was available for all other 31 NFL teams, former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is expected to head back to the Dallas Cowboys two days after they cut him.
The move is not surprising, as Dallas has stated a preference to have three quarterbacks on the roster and wanted to keep undrafted rookie Cooper Rush. Placing tight end Rico Gathers on injured reserve allowed the Cowboys to come back to Moore and put him on the 53-man roster. Dallas didn’t want to risk letting teams pick up Rush on waivers, and bet on no one picking up Moore as a free agent.
He could be Dak Prescott’s backup when the Cowboys open the season Sunday night against the Giants, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that Moore and the Cowboys have a deal in principle for him to return.
“Yes, I think we’ll be seeing Kellen back with us as we move forward and will be involved,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, according to Pro Football Talk. “We felt obviously with him being a vested veteran that we could maybe get him back through the waivers. We’ll see what’s out there, but certainly Cooper deserved to earn a roster spot on this team. And we certainly feel very good about him moving forward. We think he’s got a bright future with the Cowboys and also respect Kellen and what he brings to the table as well. So, I think we’ve got a good situation there. Right now, our goal is to put Kellen back on the roster once we finish making these roster moves.”
In his sixth NFL season and third with Dallas, Moore struggled in the preseason while Rush shined. Moore completed 32-of-59 passes for 392 yards, with one touchdown and one interception; Rush has completed 39-of-51 for 398 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Both had a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan wrote of Moore, “He is the favorite whipping guy of Cowboys fans, but he is also a favorite of a Dallas coaching staff that believes it knows more about his value beyond the handful of hours fans have watched him work.”