Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has signed with the Dallas Cowboys, according to numerous sources.
Moore, the winningest quarterback in college football history, and a Heisman Trophy finalist, signed as a free agent with Detroit following his senior season in 2011. Moore, who excelled in preseason games, including a 29-47 performance for 254 yards and a touchdown this year, was never given a shot to start for the Lions.
In Dallas, Moore will reunite with Scott Linehan, former Lion offensive coordinator. Moore will start out on the practice squad in Dallas. The Cowboys carry two quarterbacks on the active roster, starter Tony Romo and backup Brandon Weeden. Romo, 35, has missed at least one game in three of the last five seasons.
Moore led Boise State to a 50-3 record in his four seasons as a starter (2008-2011), including a Fiesta Bowl championship in 2009 and Las Vegas Bowl wins over Utah and Arizona State in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Moore completed 1,157-1,658 passes (69.6%) for 14,534 yards and 142 touchdowns, setting career marks for passing efficiency (168.98), completion percentage, yards, and touchdowns (with over 60 more than second-place Ryan Dinwiddie). Moore ranks second in NCAA history in career touchdown passes and #6 in career passing yards. In 2009, Moore set an NCAA record for lowest interception percentage, when he threw just three picks in 431 attempts (.69%).
Weeden, 31, played at Oklahoma State and led the Cowboys to an 11-1 record in the regular season and a Fiesta Bowl championship. Weeden completed 379-of-522 passes for 4,328 yards his senior season, and broke school records for attempts, completions, yardage and touchdown passes.
Weeden was drafted as the 22nd player chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft, and started two seasons with Cleveland. But he was injured in both seasons, and was released by the Browns after the 2013 season. In his three-year NFL career, Weeden is 438-784 (55.9%) for 5,116 yards and 23 touchdowns but also has thrown 26 interceptions.