The Scoop on Drew Henson

The Drew Henson sweepstakes are on, but are the Dallas Cowboys really in a position to take a chance on another former baseball player trying to make it in the NFL? We've got the story inside!

Quincy Carter must be shaking in his shoes.

Well, not really. Players at this level generally don't concern themselves with who is, or who isn't, brought in to compete against them for playing time.

First it was Mark Brunell.

ESPN and the Times-Union newspaper out of Jacksonville reported Sunday afternoon that the Cowboys were one of four potential teams in the mix for veteran signal caller Mark Brunell.

In reality, while there may have been some interest, most folks "in the know" came quickly to the conclusion that a deal with Jerry Jones and company likely wouldn't go down.

At least not for a second round draft pick.

Now comes the next quarterback being rumored to be coveted by the Cowboys- former Michigan star and New York Yankee minor leaguer Drew Henson.

Drew Henson last played football 4 years ago at Michigan, completing 61% of his passes for 2,146 yards and 18 touchdowns, to go along with 4 interceptions.
Henson, whose rights are controlled by the Houston Texans after the team drafted him in the sixth round last year, hasn't played in a football game since the 2000 season for the Michigan Wolverines.

That's right. The last four years Henson was pegged to be the next great New York Yankees third baseman.

It didn't happen, and the former quarterback decided to trade in his baseball cleats to give NFL a try this year.

Of course, the Texans are more than willing to oblige and are holding a "showcase" of sorts on Thursday so that Henson can show the rest of the league what he's capable of.

With Houston apparently set at quarterback with young gun slinger David Carr running the show, the thought here is that the Texans may be able to use Henson as trade bait.

Interestingly enough, if Houston doesn't sign Henson before this April's draft, he goes back into the player pool and any NFL team can select him. Obviously, the Texans don't want that to happen after using a precious draft pick on him last year.

Now comes the fun part.

News services from both near and far have reported that the Cowboys will be one of several teams in attendance at the work-out, now set for 12:00 Thursday.

In fact, the Cowboys will be on hand this Thursday to see what Henson can do. Why wouldn't they be? Henson would have been a first round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft had he decided to pursue a football career.

But with that being said, what are the chances that the Texans would actually sign Drew Henson, and then trade him to the Cowboys?

From what we at SilverStarDigest have been told, slim to none.

And in reality, that shouldn't come as a much of a surprise to anyone that follows this team closely. It was only two years ago that Jerry Jones took a chance on former Stanford star Chad Hutchinson, hoping that he would somehow be the savior for former head coach Dave Campo.

It didn't happen.

Although Hutchinson was the quarterback that handed to the ball off to Emmitt Smith when he broke the NFL career rushing record, he never has lived up to the expectations of the owner willing to take a chance on him.

At the same time, internal support for Quincy Carter continues to grow, and it's very unlikely that Jerry Jones would take on another "project" like Drew Henson, especially if it involves one of this year's five draft picks.

While the talk will simmer over the course of the next two days, realize that's mostly all it is- talk. Unless Drew Henson turns into Brett Favre, you won't see him wearing the silver and blue next year.

Bank on it.

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