Ben Roethlisberger Nov 8, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a conundrum. They won’t have Dak Prescott for at least a month if not two. In the meantime, they’re riding with Cooper Rush, which may or may not be a disaster. The Cowboys have said they won’t trade for another quarterback option, but if they lose a few more games, that could change. And it all has a lot of people wondering who they might want to try to sign if it comes down to it.

According to, the odds that the Cowboys could reach out to some notable quarterbacks, including retired Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Rothlisberger, aren’t astronomical. They’ve put the odds of that happening at 50/1, though it might seem like an insane proposition given how Big Ben already did his retirement tour last season.

In much more likely odds, the favorites for the Cowboys to sign would be active players such as former Cowboy Garret Gilbert (4/1), Ben DiNucci (5/1), Nick Foles (11/2), and Gardner Minshew (6/1).

In terms of retired former quarterbacks who could be called back into action, they’re giving odds to Ryan Fitzpatrick (13/2), Philip Rivers (50/1), Andrew Luck (66/1), and Drew Brees (66/1), though none of them seem likely, especially Luck, who is several years removed from an NFL career and has shown zero interest in ever returning.

We’ll get a good sense of where things stand with the Cowboys and their quarterback needs after this Sunday’s showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to