Matt Cassel: Dream of mine to be on Dallas Cowboys

  • By Tyler Dragon
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Matt Cassel has had a well-traveled NFL career, but it appears his most recent destination could be his favorite.

The journeyman quarterback was traded to the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday from the Buffalo Bills, and he's enthused with his new start in Dallas.

"I'm excited about a new start, obviously," Cassel told the Star-Telegram.

Every game, all season

Cassel's opportunity in Dallas comes after he was the clear loser in the Bills' quarterback competition over the summer -- failing to beat out starter Tyrod Taylor and backup EJ Manuel.

While the 33-year-old veteran will be playing for his fifth team, he said the Cowboys hold a special place in his heart.

"It's great to be wanted. It's been a childhood dream of mine to be a Cowboy, honestly. My father grew up in West Texas, in Lubbock, and I've got family here, and I grew up a Dallas Cowboy fan all my life. So to actually have it come true finally and actually be here is a dream come true, and I'm really excited about it," Cassel said.

Cassel will serve as Brandon Weeden's backup, while starter Tony Romo recovers from a fractured left collarbone. He most likely will start Week 3 as the No. 3 QB behind Kellen Moore while Cassel familiarizes himself with the Dallas playbook.

Don't be surprised if the newly acquired quarterback eventually takes the reigns as the Cowboys' starter while Romo is on injured reserve/designated to return. The veteran has had an up-and-down career since he went 10-5 in 2008 as the Patriots' starter when Tom Brady went down with a torn ACL. Will see if the fifth time is the charm for the journeyman QB.