Cowboys Show Interest in QB

Bill Parcells has been extremely secretive about which direction he'll go at quarterback in 2004, but rest assured, he'll explore all of his options. Today, SilverStarDigest learned about what one of those options could be.

It appears as though the Cowboys are interested in bringing in a former Arena League star, turned CFL star, to Valley Ranch for a work out in the very near future.

SilverStarDigest learned yesterday afternoon that the organization is seriously exploring the option of bringing in Canadian Football League quarterback Ricky Ray.

Ray led the Edmonton Eskimos to the Grey Cup Championship this past year in the CFL, and has already worked out for the Denver Broncos.

"They (the Cowboys) want to bring him to get a better idea of what he can do, but I can tell you this, they are very serious about him. His numbers have seemingly gotten better each year, and that's against better competition too," a source told SilverStarDigest Monday afternoon.

Ray, who played his college ball at Sacramento State, threw for over 4,600 yards and 35 touchdowns with 13 interceptions last season.

During his last year at Sacramento State, he completed 168 of 270 passes for 2,200 yards, 13 TDs and six INTs. However, he enjoyed his best season in 1999 when he completed 179 of 291 passes for 2,422 yards and 20 scores.

Ray is also listed in five Sacramento State career passing record categories: first in completion percentage (.619), third in completions (347), third in touchdowns (33), third in yards and fourth in attempts (561). He also played two seasons (1997-1998) at Shasta Community College in Redding, California where he was a first team All-American and state player of the year in '98.

Ray also played in 7 games for the Fresno Frenzy of Arena Football2. In seven games, he completed 116 passes for 1,296 yards, 25 TDs and 6 INTs.

There are several factors in consideration before Ray can officially play in the NFL. First, he has to make a decision about whether or not he'll "switch leagues" by February 29th. In fact, he actually has to have a negotiated deal on the table by that date from an NFL team if he wants to make the jump.

There's also the potential that the Cowboys will have to battle it out with several other teams interested in his services.

Denver, Dallas, and Kansas City have all shown significant interest and want to see him in a live workout.

SilverStarDigest will continue to follow this developing situation, but be assured, you haven't heard the last of Ricky Ray and the Dallas Cowboys.

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