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Report: Cowboys sign Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract

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With Tony Romo coming off back surgery and top backup Kyle Orton absent from the start of the offseason workout program, the Cowboys have added some needed quarterback depth.

The club has signed veteran backup Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reported on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Hanie had stints with Denver, Baltimore and Cleveland in 2013. He has appeared in 10 regular season games, all with Chicago from 2009 through 2011. Overall, he has completed 59-of-116 passes for 679 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions in regular season play.

Hanie is perhaps most famous for relieving the injured Jay Cutler and the ineffective Todd Collins in the 2010 NFC title game. While Hanie completed 13-of-20 passes for 153 yards and threw a touchdown pass, he was intercepted twice in the Packers’ 21-14 victory vs. the Bears.

In the short term, Hanie’s ability to take practice reps could be his greatest value to Dallas. If the Cowboys don’t draft a quarterback, and if Orton retires, it’s possible Hanie could compete to stick as the third option on the depth chart behind Romo and Brandon Weeden.

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20 Responses to “Report: Cowboys sign Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract”
  1. pnut87 says: Apr 23, 2014 5:11 PM

    Ha!

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 23, 2014 5:13 PM

    And I complained about the signing of Weeden. Signing Hanie is even worse!
    Good grief.

  3. madmikepromo says: Apr 23, 2014 5:19 PM

    Who?! What? Why? Where has he been. Has he even been on the,bench?

  4. fordmandalay says: Apr 23, 2014 5:28 PM

    Dream Team!!

  5. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Apr 23, 2014 5:37 PM

    Winning!

  6. iwilltrollyoubad says: Apr 23, 2014 5:43 PM

    And Weeden’s career has formally ended.

  7. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Apr 23, 2014 5:48 PM

    Winning

  8. rajbais says: Apr 23, 2014 5:49 PM

    You might as well have signed pat white.

    The cowboys will have the #1 overall pick in next year’s draft.

  9. ravenswhat says: Apr 23, 2014 5:57 PM

    That Dallas GM is a genius. The owner needs to give that guy a raise.

  10. brudog says: Apr 23, 2014 6:04 PM

    Upgrade over Romo

  11. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 23, 2014 6:31 PM

    Good luck with that

  12. britishraven says: Apr 23, 2014 6:42 PM

    The only guy Hanie is an upgrade over is Curtis Painter.

  13. culturalelitist says: Apr 23, 2014 7:16 PM

    Ah, Caleb Hanie, the poor man’s J.T. O’Sullivan.

  14. cuda1234 says: Apr 23, 2014 7:32 PM

    Somewhere Johnny Football is smiling. He and Jerry Jones seem like a match made in heaven and now this is the guy between him and a roster spot.

  15. larryboodry says: Apr 23, 2014 9:14 PM

    If he actually plays in a real game, Dallas is doomed.

  16. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 23, 2014 10:04 PM

    Oh man how sad are the Cowboys.

  17. wallbanger2 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:19 PM

    Romo and the #16 pick for the Texans #1 pick… Cowboys Draft Johnny “Football” Manziel! Done deal!

  18. courtjester1234 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:52 PM

    Dallas fans might as well put their heads between their legs and kiss their Hanie good bye. Thanks JJ you are Dyno-mite

  19. ajayjr says: Apr 24, 2014 8:58 PM

    Somebody pleeease take the scouting book out of JJ’s hands.

  20. Making Life Easier online One24 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:11 AM

    LOL!!! haa haaa haaa and I laugh again at these people LOL!!! Caleb Hanie LOL!!! And Vince your is better than anyone that does not have a QB job and they want even call him LOL!!! Stupidity!! OOOO The boys will be and ugly season for you all haa haa haa. I love how jerry jones is hurting this team makes me happy haa haa haa!

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