Cowboys Sign QB

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Veteran free agent quarterback Caleb Hanie signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

Hanie, 28, hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2011

The Dallas native had a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns last season after serving as one of Peyton Manning’s backups with the Denver Broncos in 2012.

Hanie started four games for the Chicago Bears late in 2011 in place of an injured Jay Cutler. He finished that year completing 51 of 102 pass attempts for 613 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Bears decided not to re-sign Hanie following that season.

Hanie was originally an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado State. He spent a combined four seasons in Chicago (2008-11) and appeared in the 2010 NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers where he connected on 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Quarterback Tony Romo is coming off back surgery and top backup Kyle Orton has been absent from the start of the offseason workout program.