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Former QB Cooper Rush released by Dallas Cowboys


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Senior quarterback Cooper Rush calls a play in the game on Dec. 28, 2015 during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Cooper Rush's time with the Dallas Cowboys has come to an end.

The former Central Michigan quarterback was released by the Cowboys on Monday after signing Andy Dalton to a 1-year $3 million deal. Dalton, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals for nine seasons, started 133 games throwing for 31,594 yards and 204 touchdowns.

Cincinnati released Dalton after drafting former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Dallas signed Rush to an undrafted free agent deal following the 2017 NFL Draft. Rush then left his mark on the 2017 preseason as he completed 74 percent of his throws for 398 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the four games. 

Rush was slated to make $2.1 million for the 2020 season serving as backup to starting quarterback Dak Prescott. With the addition of Dalton, Rush was likely to be moved back to the third quarterback on the depth chart. 

During his three seasons with the Cowboys, Rush appeared in five regular season games. 

Rush, a four-year starter at CMU, ranks in the top 10 in four different categories in program history:  second in touchdown passes with 67 and he ranks third with 9,354 passing yards, 744 passes completed and 1,183 passing attempts. 

With the Chippewas, Rush threw for 12,894 and 90 touchdowns while making 50 consecutive starts and is one of the most highly-praised signal callers in program history. 

Rush was part of the multi-lateral touchdown to pull the Chippewas to a point in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl against Western Kentucky and the game-winning Hail Mary defeat Oklahoma State in 2016. 

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