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Dallas Cowboys have tendered restricted free agent QB Cooper Rush

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The Dallas Cowboys have tendered quarterback Cooper Rush, securing the franchise at least one of the two signal callers that they likely plan on bringing back for the 2020 campaign. For the time being, Rush could be the team’s contingency plan should negotiations with Dak Prescott go sideways.

Rush has thrown just three passes in his professional career, all of which came in 2017. A former collegiate standout at Central Michigan, Rush has slotted into the depth chart behind Prescott, who has started every game since joining the league.

While the Cowboys will feature a head coach other than Jason Garrett this upcoming season for the first time since 2010, Mike McCarthy is hoping that many of the same offensive pieces from last year return. Prescott finished second in the league in passing yards (4,902), with star wide receiver Amari Cooper also set to become a free agent.

But where Dallas is in luck is their plentiful amount of cap space. Getting Rush back in the mix should aid the team in continuity should Prescott’s negotiations go longer than anticipated, as rumors of a long-term deal have been prevalent on an on-and-off basis for the past few seasons. While Dallas has the money (nearly $74 million in cap space) to bring Prescott back, the ramifications on the rest of the roster are less clear — namely, whether the team can retain cornerback Byron Jones, who is widely expected to see a significant payday.

Inking back Rush is a move that Cowboys fans can see as a positive first move, with the ultimate prize of Prescott still in sight.