Cowboys cut quarterback Quincy Carter
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer
August 4, 2004
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Quincy Carter was cut by the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, leaving the team with 40-year-old Vinny Testaverde and newcomer Drew Henson at quarterback less than six weeks until the season opener.
Team owner Jerry Jones told a group of reporters at training camp that Carter had been released. Coach Bill Parcells was to hold a news conference later Wednesday.
Carter's agent, Eugene Parker, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
The third-year player, who started all 16 games last season, came to camp expecting to be the team's No. 1 QB.
The Cowboys drafted Carter in the second round out of Georgia in 2001. He was picked as the starter to replace Troy Aikman during his first training camp, but he struggled and only started the first eight games. He went 3-5, completing 90 of 176 passes for 1,072 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The next season, he was the starter out of camp again, leading Dallas to a 3-4 record before losing the job to Chad Hutchinson.
Last season, the Cowboys went 10-6 with Carter starting and returned to the playoffs in Parcells' first year in Dallas. Carter threw for 3,302 yards, but had 21 interceptions and 17 touchdowns. He was intercepted at least twice in a game six times.
Wednesday's surprising move leaves three quarterbacks in camp for the Cowboys: Testaverde, who is reuniting with Parcells; Henson, an NFL rookie after trying to play major league baseball; and unproven second-year player Tony Romo.
Dallas opens the regular season at the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.