After news of Dak Prescott’s injury, the Dallas Cowboys may be inclined to trade for Baltimore Ravens’ Tyler Huntley, but this would be an unwise move for a number of reasons.
Tyler Huntley entered 2022 as arguably the best backup quarterback in the league, though his 2021 numbers won’t necessarily reveal that. The undrafted free agent is 1-3 in his Ravens career and couldn’t muster enough to get Baltimore into the playoffs late last year.
Still, Huntley’s dual-threat ability, passing accuracy, and league experience make him a very coveted asset to the Ravens, and now it seems he may have an interested suitor in the Dallas Cowboys.
Prescott will likely be out for the next four to six weeks after undergoing thumb surgery, and the Cowboys can’t afford to throw away that much of their season. Cooper Rush could fill in for starting snaps for the time being, yet the five-year backup doesn’t pose as a particularly threatening option under center.
Dan Orlovsky recently proposed that the Cowboys should entertain a trade for Tyler Huntley to stay competitive while Prescott rests up.
Ravens should turn down any offer for backup QB Tyler Huntley this season
"“Their season’s over. And the only way it’s not over is I would call Baltimore and see if they would trade me Tyler Huntley. That’s the one player that I believe at that spot you have the chance to get and also could potentially save that six- or eight-game stretch.”"
While Huntley would indeed provide an upgrade in the Cowboys’ quarterback room, the Ravens’ quarterback room wouldn’t be complete without a player like him.
Lamar Jackson started 2022 with a strong performance and doesn’t appear to be hindered by last season’s ankle injury, but any snag or setback would see him back on the bench.
In the event that Jackson misses a few games, Baltimore has the perfect backup in Huntley, who is already familiar with the Ravens’ offensive scheme. Though Huntley failed to string together wins in 2021, he looked the part of a decent passer and an even better runner.
Finding a new backup for Jackson during the season is less than ideal. As much as Baltimore would love to haul in more draft capital, the team needs Huntley. Not as much as they did last year, but they still need him.