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Cunningham May Return to Cowboys

December 21, 2000

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Quarterback Randall Cunningham is willing to play for the Dallas Cowboys for another year, only if the team doesn’t start rebuilding and releasing veterans.

Amid lingering questions about quarterback Troy Aikman’s durability, Cunningham, 37, could continue to back up Aikman, be forced into the starting role if Aikman retires or could back up second-year quarterback Anthony Wright. Aikman has sustained two concussions this season.

Cunningham, a 15-year NFL veteran who played 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and three with the Minnesota Vikings before coming to Dallas this season, also could be released.

``I think that we’ve got so much talent on this team that if everything happens, we’ll have a great chance of going to the Super Bowl next year,″ Cunningham said.

``Going 1-15, that’s not what I want to do at this point in my career. I want to play for a team that has a chance for the Super Bowl.″

At the beginning of this season, Cunningham signed a three-year deal with Dallas that includes a $500,000 signing bonus and $500,000 salary for this season.

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