Done Deal: Testaverde to Dallas

The long expected signing of a veteran quarterback finally went down Thursday. Vinny Testaverde, who was released by the New York Jets just two days ago, has signed on with the Dallas Cowboys.

Testaverde started 11 games over the course of the past two seasons, losing the starting job to Chad Pennington early in 2002. The former Heisman Trophy winner is just one of 9 quarterbacks in National Football League history to throw for more than 40,000 yards in his career.

"June 1 couldn't get here fast enough for me," Testaverde said. "I know good things are ahead for both myself and this organization. Again, I'm very excited to be here."

Testaverde will compete for the starting position with Quincy Carter, but most analysts feel as though he'll serve more as a mentor to both Carter and the recently signed Drew Henson.

Mike Azzarelli, Testaverde's agent, said the deal could be worth as much as $5 million based on incentives coming from both playing time and performance.

He will take part in the Cowboys' minicamp that begins Saturday.

Testaverde made the Pro Bowl and guided the Jets to the AFC title game in Parcells' second season. But he tore his Achilles' tendon in the first game of 1999 and neither he, nor the Jets ever truly recovered.

Testaverde was the #1 overall pick by Tampa Bay in 1987. He stayed with the Buccaneers through 1992, before spending three seasons in Cleveland and two in Baltimore. He signed on with the Jets in 1998.

"The fire still burns within for me to be out on the field still playing. All I want is an opportunity," Testaverde said Thursday.

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