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2/23/05

Cowboys Unveil New Starter At QB

One day after being released by the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Drew Bledsoe has joined the Dallas Cowboys and has re-joined head coach Bill Parcells.

"I started to look around at the other possibilities that were out there," Bledsoe said, " and the team that was immediately the most appealing was the Dallas Cowboys. It's an offense when I looked at, immediately was very enticing and very exciting to me."

Bledsoe and Parcells got to the Super Bowl in 1997 when they were both with the New England Patriots. The 33-year-old is making no bones about it, he is coming here as a starter. But, he's worked with Parcells in the past and says he knows what he's getting into.

"He did tell me that I was going to be the starting quarterback," said Bledsoe, "but if we get into training camp and there's a better option, he'll do it and that's one of the things that really appealing about playing for Bill is that he's going to play the best guys on Sunday. I anticipate being the best guy, and I anticipate helping this team to win a lot of football games."

The signing of Bledsoe means last years starter, Vinny Testaverde, won't be re-signed. It also means the development of young quarterback Drew Henson will once again be put on the back burner. Owner Jerry Jones hinted to the fact Henson may still not be ready to lead the team.

"What we really want to do is we want to win the next time we go on the football field," said Jones.

Bledsoe was happy to accept the reigns of the Cowboys offense, but couldn't resist the urge to take a jab at the team that released him for a young quarterback, the Bills.

"I'm very excited to be a Dallas Cowboy," beamed Bledsoe. "I can't wait to go home and dress my kids with the little stars and get rid of all the old gear from the other team."

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