Dallas Cowboys: What Could Quarterback Aaron Corp Mean For Future?

Christian Blood@@cowboysguruContributor IIIMay 9, 2013

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Aaron Corp #15 of the USC Trojans gets ready for the hike during the game against the Washington Huskies on September 19, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Trojans 16-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys announced the signing of quarterback Aaron Corp this week.

Is there a future in Dallas for the undrafted passer from Richmond?

Well, probably not, but it's worth noting who exactly Corp is.

A quarterback from an NCAA Division I FCS school might not be enough to garner a whole lot of excitement until you take into account where he began his college career.

That would be USC.

Yes, the Trojans.

In fact, if not for a fractured fibula in the fall of 2009, it's possible that we might not see Philadelphia Eagles 2013 draft pick Matt Barkley in the same light. With first-round draft choice Mark Sanchez already in the NFL with the New York Jets in '09, Corp was the heir apparent to the starting job at USC.

But the combination of injury and a horrible performance in his first career start against the Washington Huskies enabled Barkley, a true freshman, to get the starting job and keep it.

Some might say that Corp might have decided to leave USC a little too soon—doubtful given the career chalked up by Barkley, which just ended several months ago.

But I think Corp saw the writing on the wall and wasn't about to waste another year of eligibility sitting on the bench again. Corp had already redshirted in 2007 and played second fiddle to Sanchez for most of 2008. When '09 didn't pan out during his sophomore campaign, he wanted to go where he could play.

Well, there's nothing wrong with that idea but it's fair to say that Richmond might not have been the best place to go.

The Spiders would play under two first-year head coaches while Corp was at Richmond and I'm not making that up. Latrell Scott guided the team to a 6-5 record in 2010 before he would decide to quit just 10 days prior to the start of the 2011 campaign. Second-year offensive coordinator Wayne Lineburg would serve as the interim head coach in 2011 as Richmond would finish 3-8.

Corp really walked into a spider-web with this decision—pun absolutely intended!

Corp failed to show enough as a starting quarterback anywhere to get drafted in the 2012 NFL selection meeting. Since that time he's been signed and cut twice by the Buffalo Bills, perhaps the worst quarterback evaluating franchise in the NFL.

And now Corp joins the Cowboys following no football at all last season.

Keeping in mind that Corp is almost certainly the No. 4 signal-caller heading into training camp, provided he's still around by then, it will be interesting to see what he has. As I said before, Corp is likely just a training camp body—but didn't we say something similar about another undrafted free-agent back in 2003?

I think his last name is Romo?

A few months back I suggested that Dallas should really consider ditching the annual obligation of overpaying some backup quarterback whose ceiling is obviously pretty low. Worse yet, he ideally will never hit the field.

I think that's stupid.

When you've got cushy NFL rules that allow youngsters like Washington's Robert Griffin III, Seattle's Russell Wilson and Indianapolis' Andrew Luck to all lead their respective teams to the playoffs as rookies, something's up.

Allowing a young quarterback who's hungry for the opportunity to play can be a huge bonus if it's allowed to happen—and yes, I'm fully aware of the impact that Bernie Kosar had for Dallas in 1993 and also the boost Jon Kitna gave the Cowboys in 2010.

But how often are stories like those written?

This is not to say that Corp will be Tony Romo's backup in 2013—but I don't know that he shouldn't be.

Heading into 2006, did you have any idea that Dallas would make the playoffs without Drew Bledsoe under center? Do you recall Romo winning his first start over the Carolina Panthers on Week 8 that year? Yes, Romo had been around for a few seasons but he had done next to nothing meaningful prior besides holding for field goals.

Sometimes you never know when the franchise has to turn the page. It's good to have a young guy in the loop for when it happens, and it always does.

Best-case scenario is that Corp is good enough to make the Dallas brass think about carrying a third passer, at least for now—and it doesn't appear that Corp's injury history is of any real concern either. Corp was one of the hottest quarterbacks coming out of high school in 2007 and Dallas has nothing to lose by working him as hard as possible.

But will the Cowboys do that?

If you're a believer that the Dallas offensive line could struggle once again in 2013, then it's not far-fetched at all that current backup Kyle Orton could see time under center.

If Orton goes in then who's backing him up?


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