Not long after releasing fourth-string quarterback Dalton Williams, the Dallas Cowboys appear ready to fill his spot on the depth chart with another young arm.
After working out for the team on Tuesday, Alex Tanney is expected to sign with the Cowboys pending a physical as he travels with the team to Oxnard, CA, for the start of training camp.
Assuming Tanney passes his physical, the 25-year-old passer will join Tony Romo, Kyle Orton and Nick Stephens as the Cowboys’ current crop of quarterbacks. If Tanney has any chance of making the Dallas 53-man roster, he’ll have to beat out Stephens for the No. 3 job.
Tanney was a record-setting quarterback at Monmouth College, a Division 3 football program. During his four years as the school’s starter, Tanney amassed 14,249 passing yards and 157 touchdowns, both NCAA Division 3 records. In 47 career starts, he compiled a 39-8 record and became one of the most prolific passers in small-school history.
Tanney went undrafted during the 2012 NFL Draft, eventually landing with the Kansas City Chiefs but landed on the Injured Reserve list due to a hand injury. He was eventually released this past May and has been walking the streets since.
Nothing is set in stone until Tanney gets cleared medically. Once that happens, the second-year gunslinger out of Monmouth will face the daunting task of impressing the Cowboys into keeping him around.
We’ll see if Tanney can make it through training camp, and go from there.