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Cowboys News: Cowboys Re-Sign Kellen Moore; Searching For A Veteran Safety

The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back Kellen Moore as their backup behind Dak Prescott. Also, the Cowboys are kicking the tires on a free agent safety.

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Cowboys Address Their Backup Quarterback Depth, Re-sign Kellen Moore - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
On Monday the club officially re-signed Moore, who appeared in three games (two starts) in 2015 for an injured Romo and completed 61 of 104 passes for 779 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.

Moore entered last year’s camp as the No. 2 quarterback but spent the entire season on injured reserve with the leg injury he suffered in practice. Prescott immediately moved into the primary backup spot and would be elevated to starter when Tony Romo injured his back three weeks later in the team’s third preseason game.

Why The Cowboys’ Most Critical Need In The Secondary Is Safety, Not Cornerback - Joseph.Hatz, Blogging The Boys

While most of the concern seems to be over what the Cowboys will do at cornerback, it’s the other secondary position that we should be looking at harder.

Along with Scandrick and Brown you have three corners, just as the team did for the majority of last season, with Jones acting as the fourth. The problem is that behind Jones at safety you only have Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier, so who do you feel more comfortable with on the field in dime, a corner like Brown or Carroll, or Frazier at safety?

Damontre Moore hopes Cowboys are the final chapter to his comeback story - Todd Archer, ESPN

Dallas native Damontre Moore, who has bounced around the NFL over the past four seasons, hopes he has finally found a home with the Cowboys.

"I look at it as my last chance," Moore said. "Nothing's promised in the game we play. You can be there today and see you later tomorrow. You've got to take every snap, every rep, every practice like this is your last opportunity to prove yourself."

As Tony Romo's wait continues, Cowboys re-sign Kellen Moore - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram

The Cowboys signed Kellen Moore as a backup to Dak Prescott next season. On the same day veteran Josh McCown, whom the Cowboys had wooed, signed with the New York Jets.

The 27-year-old veteran is a favorite of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Moore’s knowledge of the offense, along with his agreeing to a deal that will count only $615,000 against the salary cap, led to his return as the backup to Dak Prescott.

The Cowboys had veteran Josh McCown in for a visit last week, but he signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Jets. It was more than the Cowboys were willing to spend on a backup quarterback, and McCown will begin the offseason program as the Jets’ starter.

Is it Jeff Heath time for Cowboys? And is Dallas getting too confident in CB Anthony Brown? - David Moore, SportsDay
Moore was a guest on the "Ballzy" Podcast with Barry Horn. He spoke about the Cowboys' secondary questions.

This is a good draft as far as the secondary is concerned. I think that plays into the Cowboys' strategy here. But I also believe the Cowboys are now going to say, 'Look we didn't produce that many turnovers on the back end. We want to get younger. We want to get faster. This is the draft to do it. This was our conscious decision to go forward this way.

Writers Debate Which Departing Free Agent Impacts The Cowboys’ Roster Most - Dallas Cowboys
They’ve also said good-bye to several contributors from their 13-3 season: cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne; safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox; guard Ronald Leary; and defensive linemen Terrell McClain, Jack Crawford and Ryan Davis all left via free agency. That’s a lot of turnover in less than two weeks, but that’s also the nature of the NFL in the salary-cap era.

Rob Phillips: Let me start with this: the draft is six weeks away and free agency is 10 days old. With time, there will be replacements for all the guys who left. However, at this moment, I think Barry Church signing with Jacksonville is the Cowboys’ biggest free-agent loss to date. He was a defensive co-captain who ranked near the top in tackles year after year, and I believe his presence on the field contributed significantly to the Cowboys’ reduction in big plays allowed last season. His loss is magnified right now by J.J. Wilcox also departing for Tampa Bay. That’s a starting safety and a reserve safety with starting experience both gone in the same week. Jeff Heath has been productive in his role, but if he replaces Church in the starting lineup, how does that impact the special teams? Heath has been a steady contributor there for years. Perhaps last year’s sixth-round pick, Kavon Frazier, can take a step forward in his second year. But I wouldn’t rule out safety as a draft focus.

Cowboys Bring In Free Agent Safety Robert Blanton For A Visit - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Dallas starts the process of plugging holes in a depleted secondary.

Blanton played strong safety in Buffalo last year and started a couple of games while providing solid help on special teams. His year ended on IR after an injury in late November. Blanton originally entered the league as a fifth-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings. He played there for four years and in 2014 led the team in tackles with 106. He is 27 years old.

Cowboys Re-Sign Quarterback Kellen Moore - Josh Clark, CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed quarterback Kellen Moore.

Moore and Romo’s injuries led to rookie quarterback Dak Prescott taking on the starting quarterback role, where he would go on to lead the Dallas Cowboys to the NFC East division crown and the first overall seed in the NFC playoffs.

Brandon Carr: Things worked out the way it worked out in Dallas-Charean Williams-The Star-Telegram

Cornerback Brandon Carr, who played five seasons with the Cowboys, met with the Baltimore media Monday after signing a four-year, $24 million contract with the Ravens.

"The things worked out the way it worked out in Dallas, and everything happens for a reason," Carr said. "I am so blessed that the opportunity arose, but I feel like this opportunity is a great one. It is one for me to take advantage of."

10 things to know about Cowboys QB Kellen Moore, including why he had Tom Brady's combine picture as his screen saver - SportsDay

10 things to know about new Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore, including why he had Tom Brady's combine picture as his screen saver

Moore's football obsession translated to the classroom. While at Boise State, Moore wrote a 10-page paper on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, according to the New York Times. He also kept a picture of a flabby Brady at the NFL Combine as his screen saver to serve as a reminder about overcoming physical limitations.

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