3 Commanders rumors that might not come true in 2023
By Jonathan Eig
Cooper Rush is not joining the Commanders
There’s every chance that Cooper Rush is coming to Washington as the presumed backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys when they play the Commanders in 2023. But he’s not signing with their NFC East rivals.
Rush has gone out of his way to remain the Dallas backup. He has had the chance to leave before but chose to stay.
The signal-caller knew he would be playing second fiddle to Dak Prescott, and he has opted to remain on the team. This is a scenario that could emerge once again.
If you want to say that Rush’s stock has never been higher and that his successful stint as a starter in 2022 should open up a starting opportunity for him, I agree. But I still think he will choose to stay.
Rush likes it in Dallas. It’s that simple, really.
There are two scenarios under which Rush signs elsewhere this off-season. One – he is offered a massive contract. The kind of contract that assures him he will be the starter wherever he ends up going. A Scott Mitchell-to-Detroit kind of deal. The Commanders will not offer that.
The other option – and this does have a sliver of possibility – is that Mike McCarthy and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer don’t think very highly of Rush.
Maybe Rush had an affinity with Kellen Moore. It’s possible he would leave if that is the case, but it’s still highly unlikely he would end up in Washington.