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Stephen McGee survives cutdown day in Dallas

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The Cowboys signed Kyle Orton as a free agent because they didn’t want Stephen McGee to be their backup quarterback in 2012.

They appear to be just fine with McGee remaining as their third-string quarterback, however. The team has announced their cuts down to the 53-man limit and McGee is not among them despite much speculation that his days in Dallas were coming to an end. Owner Jerry Jones even said that the team was entertaining trade offers for McGee, but when the time came they just couldn’t quit their 2009 fourth-round pick.

McGee is staying, but the same isn’t true for 22 other players. The Cowboys announced that they have waived defensive end Ben Bass, cornerback Lionel Smith, linebacker Orie Lemon, linebacker Adrian Hamilton, defensive end Clifton Geathers, safety Eddie Whitley, cornerback Teddy Williams, cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, defensive tackle Robert Calloway, wide receiver Saalim Hakim, wide receiver Danny Coale, running back Lance Dunbar, wide receiver Tim Benford, running back Jamize Olawale, quarterback Rudy Carpenter, tight end Andrew Szczerba, tackle Jeff Adams, offensive lineman Pat McQuistan and fullback Shaun Chapas. Guard Daniel Loper was waived-injured.

Coale, a fifth-round pick this year, was one of two draft picks to fall off the roster this summer. Seventh-round linebacker Caleb McSurdy did not survive Monday’s cut to 75 players.

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6 Responses to “Stephen McGee survives cutdown day in Dallas”
  1. cowboyfan45 says: Aug 31, 2012 9:13 PM

    Keeping McGee is a waste of a valueable roster spot IMO, in over three years he has not progressed enough to warrant moving up on the depth chart, let alone even a roster spot…could of used the spot for defensive linemen or outside linebacker…

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 31, 2012 9:29 PM

    Little surprised to see McGee survive. Thought a few of those guys cut would have made sense to keep on the roster instead. Tough call.

  3. bigdinla says: Aug 31, 2012 9:45 PM

    Terrible decision! McGhee is flat awful!

  4. dccowboy says: Aug 31, 2012 9:55 PM

    Caleb McSurdy has a ruptured Achilles tendon. Its a little hard to say he “did not survive Monday’s cut to 75”.

  5. shootahcowboy says: Aug 31, 2012 10:13 PM

    If there was ever anyone who is the 53rd player on the roster, it is McGee.

    I would have rather they kept Coale, Dunbar, or even Lemon over him.

  6. romoscollarbone says: Sep 1, 2012 12:24 AM

    Would’ve preferred Bass, Hamilton or Coale over McGee, if we get to the point where Romo n Orton are out, season would be over anyway, in the play now NFL, 3rd string QBs aren’t very necessary. Nobody gets the chance to develop anymore.

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