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Cowboys cut Stephen McGee to make room for new TE

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The Cowboys decided they needed a fourth tight end more than a third quarterback.

According to Calvin Watkins of, the Cowboys have released quarterback Stephen McGee Saturday after claiming tight end Colin Cochart off waivers from Cincinnati.

They’re looking for short-term cover at tight end, because of the uncertainty over Witten’s health.

But mostly, the reality is that if you’ve got a quarterback you trust, you only really need two.

If anything happened to Tony Romo, Kyle Orton should be able to fill in capably for a period. But if it got down to the point where they were playing a third such as McGee, they’re in a world of hurt anyway.

That’s true of most teams with what would be considered good starters, as the third is a luxury that could be better used elsewhere.

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11 Responses to “Cowboys cut Stephen McGee to make room for new TE”
  1. Ponder not Webb says: Sep 1, 2012 1:43 PM

    McGee was a tremendous high school quarterback, a good college quaterback, and an average NFL backup quarterback.

    Tough guy for sure but for whatever reason his skills just haven’t enabled him to excell on the NFL level.

    He’ll likely end up in Cleveland…

  2. cowboyscountry says: Sep 1, 2012 1:58 PM

    Then it’s official, the Cowboys will go 19-0 and be named the best team ever.

  3. secretomen00 says: Sep 1, 2012 3:09 PM

    4 years in the league and a 3rd string qb…that’s rookie status.

  4. EJ says: Sep 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    Chan Gailey has the right idea. During the regular season he keeps his starting QB, a backup QB and a Wide Receiver that can throw if needed.
    Right now, the Bills are carrying 4, but I think that is until Tarvaris Jackson can get up to speed as the backup. So it is:
    Ryan Fitzpatrick-#1
    Tyler Thigpen-#2
    Tarvaris Jackson-#3
    Brad Smith-#4

    Once Jackson learns Gaileys complicated Offense, Thigpen will be traded or released.

  5. l6ozbud says: Sep 1, 2012 3:47 PM

    Cochart can play and I doubt he’s the 4th best tight end on the Cowboys. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him stick and another guy wash out.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 1, 2012 3:55 PM

    McGee QB project over. Needed a TE with Witten injured.

  7. dolphins4 says: Sep 1, 2012 4:18 PM

    I hope the Dolphins go sign him and then trade Matt Moore for draft picks.

  8. austinoxford says: Sep 1, 2012 5:47 PM

    Arguably the best move Jerry has made in 4 years.

  9. yanks33 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:03 PM

    Idk alot about Cochart but i think the Cowboys are pretty high on John Phillips andJames Hanna, so i dont see either one of them shipping out

  10. gammynomnom says: Sep 2, 2012 1:15 PM

    Suck it Chris Cooley! your dream is over!

  11. lenny6464 says: Sep 2, 2012 4:22 PM

    I agree with the sentiment that if he needs to be on the field, the Cowboys are doomed anyway.

    They will miss him running the scout team. Thats about it. If Romo has to miss a few games, pick up a veteran that can manage things without knowing the system. (or re-sign McGee if nobody grabs him)

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