Cowboys claim Grier, ending possibility of a Newton signing

Will Grier

The Cowboys have made a move for a quarterback, and it's not bringing in Cam Newton. 

Dallas reportedly claimed Will Grier off waivers Wednesday after he was let go by the Panthers, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

The Cowboys had potential interest in the former MVP quarterback according to recent reports as a backup behind Dak Prescott. Dallas' franchise player is coming off a gruesome ankle injury that ended his 2020 campaign and has already dealt with a nagging shoulder strain throughout training camp. 

Grier was taken in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Panthers and has only appeared in two games over the last two seasons. In those two games, he completed just 53.8% of his passes with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. 

If Prescott goes down at any point this season, starting Cooper Rush or Grier is not going to yield positive results, plain and simple. With all due respect to those two players, only Rush was able to earn a backup job on his respective team and he only had to beat out Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert to do it. 

With Newton, the Cowboys would have been able to construct at least some form of a sustainable offense if Prescott were ever to miss time. They could've leaned heavily on the run, utilizing a talented offensive line and whatever Ezekiel Elliott has left to move the ball and control possession.


The passing attack wouldn't be anything special, but putting the ball in CeeDee Lamb or Amari Cooper's hands and asking them to make something happen is probably a better bet than what the Patriots were going to ask Newton to do through the air. 

In the end, the Cowboys opted for Grier as another contingency plan should Prescott fail to stay healthy in 2021.