Could the Cowboys have their eye on a Broncos QB?

The Denver Broncos have three quarterbacks on their roster and the Dallas Cowboys, who suddenly need one, might consider taking one.

The Dallas Cowboys lost their season opener 19-3 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football, but lost more than the game. Reports came out just after the game ended that Jerry Jones said his starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, was going to need surgery on the hand he injured during the game.

ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that Prescott could miss 6-8 weeks, which means the Cowboys will be looking for another quarterback to start for at least half the season.

There are already quarterbacks in the Cowboys organization who would be the obvious choices, like Cooper Rush or Will Grier, but let’s be honest, those aren’t the sexiest options.

A guy like Jimmy Garoppolo would cost quite a bit in a trade. But a guy currently on the Broncos’ practice squad, Josh Johnson, is a guy who makes sense and he’s on that. list of potential replacements compiled by Eric Edholm of

Jones is a proud owner who won’t want to throw in the towel after a game. He knows Rush is a major downgrade at quarterback, but he might not want to pay the price to trade for a guy like Garoppolo.

August 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Josh Johnson (11) returns to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

He could look to a middle ground and pick a guy like Johnson who, if he stays on the practice squad, could literally be had for nothing.

Johnson lost the backup job in Denver to Brett Rypien, but the Cowboys would struggle to find a more experienced passer at this time of year as Johnson has played for 14 different NFL teams.

It would still be likely that the Cowboys would consider acquiring Johnson as they might see their inside options be better, but it’s an idea they could go to in dire straits.

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