Quincy welcomes what Testaverde will bring Cowboys QB eager to learn from veteran, go head to head 01:24 AM CDT on Friday, June 4, 2004 By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News Will Bill Parcells turn to quarterback Quincy Carter this season ... or look in another direction? IRVING – Quincy Carter said he doesn't fear a quarterback competition. It's the nature of the NFL. Besides, he's used to it. Last year, Chad Hutchinson was supposedly poised to take his job in training camp. Three months ago, Drew Henson was being hailed as the Cowboys' next quarterback. Now, Carter will be competing with Vinny Testaverde, who signed a one-year contract with Dallas on Thursday that will pay him $1.1 million in base salary this season and as much as $5 million if he reaches certain incentives. The New York Jets released Testaverde on Tuesday. "If you win, you play. If you lose, you sit on the bench," Carter said Thursday. "Everybody understands that. "The one thing I know is that Jerry Jones and Coach Parcells have always been straightforward with me. I am the starter and I'm going to fulfill my duties and do everything in my power to continue to improve as a quarterback and be the starter." Carter, 16-16 as a starter (including 0-1 in the playoffs), passed for more than 3,300 yards with 17 touchdowns and 21 interceptions last year as the Cowboys went 10-6 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Carter said he's looking forward to learning as much as he can from Testaverde, while competing with the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the starting job. But he doesn't want to divide the locker room. "I want to make sure our team understands that I'm one of the leaders of this team and that this competition should make everyone better," he said. "It shouldn't cause any dissension because we're all going to benefit from Vinny being here." Carter could benefit the most. In his first three seasons, Carter has never had a proven veteran backup to help him dissect sophisticated coverages or advise where to throw the ball when his first two options are covered. The last time Carter had a veteran backup, he was a freshman at Georgia. Mike Bobo mentored Carter, and he had a terrific freshman season. Testaverde has said he's looking forward to having a good working relationship with Carter, Henson and Tony Romo. He had a good relationship with New York's Chad Pennington, who has developed into one of the league's top quarterbacks. "I don't think you try to force anything," Testaverde said. "You just be yourself and hopefully it works out. I'm pretty easy to get along with. Hopefully, we can work together to make each other better players and that will make us a better team."