Jerry Jones backs Cowboys QB Cooper Rush amid Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors

With Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott expected to miss a lot of time this season after suffering a thumb injury on Sunday night, the NFL world immediately began to speculate on whether Dallas could end up making a trade for a certain 49ers backup.

But as quickly as the Jimmy Garoppolo in Dallas rumors started, have they ever been shut down?

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently put the ideas of a trade for Garoppolo — or any quarterback, for that matter — to bed Sunday when speaking to Jori Epstein of USA TODAY Sports after his team’s 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dallas backup quarterback Cooper Rush finished Sunday’s game after Prescott’s exit. The Cowboys’ QB1 will require surgery on his throwing hand and could miss six to eight weeks, but Jones believes Rush still gives the team a fighting chance in the meantime.

“He can play at a level where we can win ball games,” Jones told Epstein. “The main thing about him as a backup quarterback is that we didn’t have to change the offense to get him. It’s a good thing to have continuity. This is the main reason he got the job. Just rely on him. He threw some good balls there.

Garoppolo certainly is considered by many to be an upgradein terms of ability and experience, for Dallas vs. Rush, who finished the Cowboys’ loss to the Bucs by completing 7 of 13 passes for 64 yards without a touchdown or interception.

But Garoppolo wouldn’t be able to provide that continuity that Jones talked about, as Rush has been with the Cowboys since they signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2017. A quarterback would need plenty of time. to learn attack, while the other knows the playbook inside and out.

Rush appeared in 12 Cowboys games and started once, leading Dallas to a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings last season while Prescott was sidelined with a calf strain.

The situation the 28-year-old signalman finds himself in this season is very different when it comes to the players around him. But Jones believes Rush has a chance to prove himself, telling Epstein the dilemma reminds him of Prescott’s rookie year when he started Week 1 in place of an injured Tony Romo.

“Frankly, we have to look at it, and I don’t see it on the horizon, but I’ll use it as an example, of how I felt when Tony Romo went down against Seattle,” Jones told Epstein. . “And how I felt two and a half months, three months later, when you had to decide if Tony was starting or Dak.”

Being compared to both Romo and Prescott shows just how much Jones appreciates Rush’s skills. And if there’s anyone a quarterback wants to sing his praises for, it’s the owner of the team he plays for.

Jones’ vocal support of Rush appears to dispel any thoughts the team might trade for Garoppolo, and the 49ers veteran is expected to approve any deal for him under his restructured contract with San Francisco.

On Monday, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport was on KNBR’s “Murph and Macand said he didn’t hear any interest from Dallas regarding Garoppolo. Rapoport noted that the 49ers might not want to move their backup quarterback after the poor attacking performance of the team with Trey Lance under center against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“I know it’s Trey’s team and they’ve really moved on, but a week, trade your save?” said Rapoport. “Unless you get a really good comeback, like a third round or something legit, I’m not sure that makes sense for the 49ers.”

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He added that although Rush is an unknown backup to Garoppolo, it’s clear the Cowboys believe he’s the answer in their system.

“They’re going to try Cooper Rush, he’s going to start,” Rapoport said. “And if Dak is out for two months and Cooper Rush can’t make it, maybe they trade for Garoppolo. But I don’t know if it makes sense to trade a first draft pick for a month of games. »

It seems that when it comes to trading Garoppolo — to Dallas or elsewhere — the Faithful 49ers will just have to wait and see if a deal emerges.

But hey, they’ve gotten pretty good at it over the past few months. Right?

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