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Old 07-26-2004   #1
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..Hutchinson lashes out at Cowboys

From Dallas Morning News today ... (sorry, can't get the link to go here)

The Dallas Cowboys may be known as "America's Team," but they're no longer going to be Chad Hutchinson's team.

Funny .. "No offense to Vinny Testaverde, but he's 40 years old," Hutchinson told the Morning News. "And no offense to Drew Henson, but that's me two years ago."

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Hutchinson said Friday the Cowboys told his agent they'd be waiving the quarterback before training camp opens next week in Oxnard, Calif.

While Hutchinson told the Morning News he's not surprised by the move, he said he's upset with the way the team handled it, not letting him go until after they signed Vinny Testaverde and traded for Drew Henson. Now Hutchinson says it hurts his chances of finding a job for next season.

"No offense to Vinny Testaverde, but he's 40 years old," Hutchinson told the Morning News. "And no offense to Drew Henson, but that's me two years ago. To me, that's just a slap in the face. That's disappointing. The proper way to handle things was to let me go at the end of the (2003) season."

The Morning News said the Cowboys officials declined comment.

The Cowboys will enter camp with Quincy Carter who beat out Hutchinson for the starting job last season Testaverde, Henson and Tony Romo at quarterback.

Upon his release, Hutchinson will have to pass through waivers, and if he goes unclaimed he'll be a free agent. By cutting Hutchinson, the Morning News says the Cowboys will lose nearly $900,000 against the salary cap this year and another $1.5 million in 2005.

The Cowboys originally signed Hutchinson to a seven-year contract on Jan. 26, 2002 after he spent four years as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. As a rookie, Hutchinson made nine starts, throwing for 1,555 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was sacked 34 times.

"I was glad to get the experience, but the bottom line was signing with the Cowboys was not a two-year or one-year deal," Hutchinson said. "Like what (coach Bill) Parcells is doing with Drew Henson, this was for three years down the road. I don't expect them to hold their word, but that's what the plan was."

Hutchinson played in NFL Europe this spring for the Rhein Fire. While he hurt his shoulder during the NFL Europe season, he told the Morning News he was healthy. When he came back to Dallas, he found out he was sharing a locker with Henson. "I will persevere through this," Hutchinson said. "I will become the quarterback I can become. It's unfortunate it's not going to be for the Dallas Cowboys but for someone else. I will guarantee the Cowboys will regret doing this. ..
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