Cowboys not expected to pursue Josh McCown

The Dallas Cowboys will search for a backup quarterback after Tony Romo's recent back injury. That search won't likely reignite talks with the Cleveland Browns regarding backup Josh McCown.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that based on Cleveland's asking price and McCown's salary, the Cowboys aren't expected to re-engage in talks about trading for the veteran after inquiries fizzled earlier this summer.

The Cowboys want to add a veteran with Romo expected to miss at least the first half of the season. Dak Prescott will take over as the starter after an impressive preseason, but the Cowboys want a veteran presence behind the rookie, ahead of 2015 undrafted free agent Jameill Showers.

The Browns have been reluctant to give away McCown -- reportedly asking for a mid-round pick. With Robert Griffin III's injury history and penchant for erratic play, it's smart of the Browns to keep a capable backup in house.

Before Romo's injury and Prescott's breakout preseason, Around The NFL's Conor Orr noted some potential non-McCown veterans the Cowboys could pursue: Free agents Matt Flynn, Michael Vick, T.J. Yates; or trade for Josh Johnson or Mike Glennon.

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