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Drew Bledsoe | Quarterback

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (42) / 2/14/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 238
College: Washington State
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Drew Bledsoe reiterated at the Patriots' Hall of Fame construction Thursday that he is retired.
Bledsoe, 36, formally called it quits in April 2007, but there have been rumors since that he might come back. "Retirement is hard work," the Patriots' No. 1 overall pick in 1993 said Thursday. "I have a little wine project going on out in Walla Walla (Washington) and have a few other endeavors too...a little coffee biz. It's been a great education. I'm enjoying every minute of it." Thu, May 8, 2008 09:00:00 PM

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The Jaguars reportedly offered Drew Bledsoe a contract last season.

We're guessing it came after they released Byron Leftwich. Bledsoe seriously considered it, but decided to turn it down, as he did offers from Arizona, Carolina, and Cincinnati. Bledsoe's retirement is going to stick at this point.
Source: NYTimes.com
Mon, Mar 10, 2008 01:38:00 PM

Drew Bledsoe could be an option as a backup for the Saints, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald.

This is probably just speculation, but Bledsoe has ties to coach Sean Payton. Jamie Martin, 37, has failed to impress in offseason workouts. Undrafted rookie Tyler Palko and Jason Fife are New Orleans' other options currently. Bledsoe announced his retirement in April and didn't seem interested in backing up.
Sun, Jun 17, 2007 06:59:00 PM

Drew Bledsoe announced his retirement from football.

The first pick in the '93 draft, Bledsoe finishes his 14-year career with 44,611 passing yards and a 251-206 TD-INT ratio. He ranks 13th in career passing scores and fifth in completions despite a sub-par 57.2 completion rate. Bledsoe will likely be best remembered for the injury that allowed Tom Brady to take over as the Patriots' QB in 2001. He helped win the AFC Championship that year and deserves to have his number retired in New England, but he won't have a shot at the Hall of Fame.
Wed, Apr 11, 2007 10:10:00 PM

Cowboys released Drew Bledsoe.

The move saves $6 million in cap room. The only question now for Bledsoe is whether he wants to be a backup in the NFL. The only available quarterback spot is in Oakland and we doubt either side is interested. Bledsoe has always been a proud guy. After three teams gave up on him in five seasons, we suspect he'll retire.
Thu, Mar 1, 2007 05:29:00 PM

The Cowboys are expected to cut Drew Bledsoe this week.

The busiest two weeks of the NFL off-season starts Monday. A boatload of players will be cut in anticipation of free agency opening Friday.
Sun, Feb 25, 2007 11:41:00 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says "it's probably not realistic to think that we could work something out" with Drew Bledsoe for next season.

Bledsoe's role was reduced to calling the coin flip at the end of the year. He's due a $1 million roster bonus in March and counts $7.5 against the cap. Bledsoe will get job offers, but he probably doesn't want to be a backup. He may retire.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jan 13, 2007 09:26:00 AM

QB Drew Bledsoe reportedly turned down a chance to come into Thursday's blowout win over Tampa Bay in the final minutes.

With the game out of hand, Bledsoe was apparently asked if he wanted to mop up for QB Tony Romo. "There was no point," Bledsoe said. "Tony was playing great. There was no reason to take him out."
Fri, Nov 24, 2006 08:53:00 AM

NFL Network reports Drew Bledsoe is unlikely to be a Cowboy in 2007.

Bledsoe, due a hefty $4.5 million salary next season, has been replaced by Tony Romo, who Dallas will look to as their QB of the future. Practice squader Matt Baker has a chance to be Romo's top backup in 2007.
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 07:30:00 PM

Drew Bledsoe quieted any retirment rumors at a Wednesday press conference.

While he said he supported Tony Romo, Bledsoe also said he felt he still gave the Cowboys the best chance to win. He also took a shot at Bill Belichick, saying this situation was different than in New England because he was treating dishonestly back then.
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 03:32:00 PM

Drew Bledsoe will be Dallas' backup quarterback this week.

"I don't think we can continue too much longer the way we are," coach Bill Parcells said. Bledsoe's slow release and lack of mobility were cited. We doubt he'll start again as a member of the Cowboys.
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 01:54:00 PM

According to the Charlotte Observer, owner Jerry Jones indicated to reporters Tuesday that he prefers QB Drew Bledsoe over QB Tony Romo.

"I've thought the best chance for us to be where we wanted to be, which was continuing in the playoffs, was to go with the experienced quarterback in Drew," Jones said. "I don't know that I've changed my mind there at all, but we've got to win games and we've got to give ourselves the opportunity." Jones also added that he'll have a say in the matter, telling reporters that he's "involved in every situation."
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 08:57:00 AM

Drew Bledsoe said that his removal from the Cowboys game was a "very bad decision."

Bledsoe has said in the past that he would never be a backup. He also politicked to get his starting job back from Tom Brady during New England's 2001 playoff run. He's unlikely to handle this demotion well, and Bill Parcells has to worry about Bledsoe going in the tank or retiring.
Tue, Oct 24, 2006 09:32:00 AM

Drew Bledsoe was pulled for Tony Romo at halftime of Dallas' Monday night game. He completed 7-of-12 passes for 111 yards and an interception.

Bledsoe took four sacks, including a safety, although two were missed assignments. The pass that likely ended Bledsoe's tenure as a NFL starter was a telegraphed interception at the Giants' one-yard line. Unless Romo tanks, Bledsoe is likely to remain a backup. Wait for Bill Parcells to confirm his Week 8 starter, then drop Bledsoe in fantasy leagues if he's on the bench.
Mon, Oct 23, 2006 10:51:00 PM

Drew Bledsoe completed 17-of-28 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6.

Bledsoe only led Dallas to three first half points. Even in their second-half rally, he missed a few threws we'd expect him to make. Bledsoe did spread the ball around well and his line played slightly better. He remains a solid fantasy option against the Giants next week.
Sun, Oct 15, 2006 04:53:00 PM

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