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Cowboys won't pursue Donovan McNabb or Sage Rosenfels, coach says

December 2, 2011 | 10:54 am

Donovan McNabb and Sage Rosenfels are on the market, but Coach Jason Garrett said the Dallas Cowboys would not put in a waiver claim for either quarterback
Donovan McNabb is on the market. So is Sage Rosenfels. And the Dallas Cowboys appeared to be out shopping for a quarterback last week.

But Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys would not put in a waiver claim for either quarterback, telling reporters before practice Saturday that the team intends to stick with the inexperienced Stephen McGee as a backup to starter Tony Romo while regular No. 2 quarterback Jon Kitna is out with a back injury.

"They've both been very good players in this league," Garrett said of McNabb and Rosenfels. "But right now, we're going to just stand pat with where we are when we evaluate our quarterback situation."

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McGee has played in just two games in his three-year career with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs all attempted to claim Kyle Orton off waivers last week when the quarterback was released by the Denver Broncos, with the Chiefs eventually gaining the right to sign Orton.

The Bears could use a veteran quarterback with Jay Cutler possibly out for the season, and McNabb is from Chicago. But the Bears have yet to indicate whether they intend to put in a claim for the quarterback.

Plus, McNabb hasn't fared too well in his last two NFL stops, with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, who released the quarterback Thursday after just 11 games.

Rosenfels was waived by the Miami Dolphins, also on Thursday.


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Photo: Donovan McNabb. Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press