June 1st Cuts are Coming

With June 1st now only 24 hours away, the Dallas Cowboys are positioning themselves to make a run at several players. Is Jets backup QB Vinny Testeverde realistically in the mix?

June 1 is fast approaching and the question is, what will the Cowboys do?

They have certain interest in Jets quarterback Vinny Testeverde, who is expected to be cut. And they are also in the market for a cornerback, possibly Mike McKenzie, who seems to be on his way out of Green Bay.

The question there is at what cost. The Cowboys will remain financially conservative.

"We have a couple of things in mind right now, and I say at least one definitive thing, and I'm not at liberty to get into it right now," owner Jerry Jones said. "But we've got some ideas, and we just have to see if the opportunity presents itself."

And if the Cowboys do go after Testeverde, then what about Chad Hutchinson, last season's backup who is not doing too well in NFL Europe?

Hutchinson suffered his worst game of the season in the Rhein Fire's 7-6 loss to the Centurions on May 23 that officially eliminated them from World Bowl contention.

Hutchinson completed just 11-of-26 passes for 94 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, resulting in a 36.4 quarterback rating.

And his fumbling problems continued. Hutchinson has fumbled in every game but one in Europe. May 23, he got sacked five times, fumbling three times and losing one. He has been sacked a league-high 24 times this season, causing more concern regarding his lack of mobility and pocket awareness.

And Hutchinson might have suffered a shoulder injury to his throwing arm, which could prevent him from returning to the Cowboys at 100 percent.

Hutchinson is expected to return to United States following his June 6 season finale against Amsterdam. The Cowboys will be in the midst of minicamp, though Hutchinson will not participate in any of the practices.

Other Notes
The Cowboys cut rookie free agent linebacker Ryan Fowler late last week. Fowler suffered a back injury working out on his own.

The move was disappointing for Fowler and the Cowboys, who thought so much of the former Duke standout that they gave him a $20,000 signing bonus. It was the most given to a Cowboys rookie free agent this season and tied for the second highest in the league.

Fowler was a four-year starter at Duke, leading them in tackles three times. The Cowboys thought he might push for a reserve linebacker spot in 2004 and make an impact on special teams.

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