News: DMN: Josh McCown, who visited Cowboys, signs with Jets; deal reportedly is much larger than

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    Update, Monday 3/20 at 6:40p.m.: The New York Jets announced that they have signed quarterback Josh McCown. The quarterback had visited Dallas earlier this offseason but left without a deal.
    But fret not, Cowboys fans. The team did come to terms with Kellen Moore with a one-year deal. And this might be one reason why. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McCown's deal with the Jets is significantly larger than what the Cowboys gave Moore.

    Moore's one-year deal is worth $775,000.

    Update, Friday 3/17 at 11:30 a.m.: A week after Josh McCown visited with the Cowboys, the veteran free-agent quarterback is visiting the New York Jets. McCown will spend Friday and Saturday with the Jets, a source told SportsDay's Brandon George.

    The Cowboys have yet to release veteran QB Tony Romo, eight days after NFL free agency began. SportsDay's David Moore detailed what Dallas' holdup is - namely, they have nothing to lose but plenty to gain if Houston or Denver bites on a trade for Romo.

    "An argument can be made [the Texans] are desperate for a quarterback of his ability," Moore wrote. "Can they risk losing Romo to the Broncos once he gets to the free agent market? Is a conditional late-round pick that improves a round or two based on Romo's performance too much to pay for a player of Romo's proven upside?

    "No. The Cowboys want the Texans to think long and hard about how much they like Romo and how bleak the 2017 season looks if they don't get him."

    Original story, March 8:The Cowboys were already putting a backup plan in place by the time news trickled out Wednesday that Dallas plans to release Tony Romo on Thursday.

    Veteran free agent quarterback Josh McCown flew to Dallas on Wednesday and visited with Cowboys coaches, according to a source.

    McCown would become Dak Prescott's backup if the two sides can agree on a deal. The Cowboys are also expected to re-sign unrestricted free agent quarterback Kellen Moore.

    Free agency officially opens at 3 p.m. Thursday, but McCown can sign before then because he was released by the Browns last month after two seasons in Cleveland. Since Arizona drafted McCown in the third round in 2002, he's played for nine different NFL teams.

    The Cowboys also had interest in McCown early in training camp last year after Moore fractured his ankle, leaving Prescott and Jameill Showers as the team's options behind Romo.

    Cleveland wanted too much in a trade for McCown a year ago, and the Cowboys stood pat.

    Since Arizona drafted McCown in the third round in 2002, he's played for nine NFL teams. He has a career passer rating of 78.2 with 76 touchdown passes and 69 interceptions.

    McCown, who is from Jacksonville, Texas, and played at SMU and Sam Houston State, would welcome a homecoming and has told teams he wants to continue his career despite turning 38 in July.

    McCown has gained respect as a reliable backup who can mentor a young starter. Since his release from Cleveland, he has had talks with at least eight teams.

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