NFL Europe Can Only Help These Cowboys

Even though the QBs aren't going, NFL Europe could pay dividends to players like Woody Dantzler.

The Cowboys have compiled a list of players they plan to send to NFL Europe. And while the names are familiar, quarterbacks Drew Henson and Tony Romo are not among them.

The Cowboys plan to send defensive tackle Willie Blade, linebacker Marq Cerqua, linebacker Kevin DeRonde, safety Woodrow Dantzler and running back Keylon Kincaide to NFL Europe.

Blade, Dantzler and Cerqua are former Cowboys who recently signed one-year deals with the team.

DeRonde and Kincaide are already under contract.

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells talked during the 2004 season about sending either Henson or Romo or both to NFL Europe for experience.

Henson came back to football last season after playing baseball for three years with New York Yankees organization. He saw action in two games.

Romo has not seen any action since making the Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 2003.

Not going to NFL Europe prevents Henson and Romo from getting some much needed seasoning.

However, it's probably the best move if the Cowboys hope to develop them for the starting job in 2005.

The Cowboys have expressed interest in bringing back 2004 starter Vinny Testaverde next season. There is a question of whether he would come back as a starter or a backup. Parcells has said it's not beyond the realm of possibility that either Henson or Romo could get the starting nod in 2005.

Staying in Dallas allows them to spend more time with quarterbacks coach Sean Payton and offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon. It also allows them to work with the backs and receivers during the offseason program and in minicamps.

Blade, a third round pick of the Cowboys in 2001, is back with the team for a third time. He started 14 games for the Cowboys in 2003 before getting in Parcells' doghouse for poor work habits. He was released before training camp last season. He saw action in five games for Jaguars last season before being released.

Cerqua finished out the 2001 season with the Cowboys after being released by the Buccaneers. He played briefly with the Bears in 2002 before spending the 2003 season on the Colts practice squad. Cerqua was out of football last season.

Dantzler was cut by the Cowboys before the 2003 season. It was a move Parcells later said he regretted. The Cowboys have been trying to re-sign Dantzler ever since. Dantzler spent 2003 with the Falcons. He was injured for much of 2004.

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