A rumor circulating around the blogosphere on Friday suggested the Dallas Cowboys were interested in signing former Cleveland Brown quarterback Brandon Weeden. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy was released last week after two lackluster seasons in Cleveland. But should the Cowboys taker a flier on on this 30-year old unemployed quarterback?
Weeden started 20 of 23 games in his short two-year career as a Brown; throwing for 5,116 yards, 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He was also sacked 55 times and played under two different coaching staffs. An argument could be made that Weeden was set up to fail in Cleveland.
The Cowboys currently have veteran Tony Romo and Kyle Orton on the team. And Dallas has a history of only carrying two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. But they will be looking for quarterback depth going into OTA’s. mini-camps and training camp this offseason. And I’m sure they wouldn’t be opposed to finding Romo’s eventual replacement during these sessions as well.
Due to his age, Weeden is definitely not a long term solution for the future of the position past Romo. But he could be a perfect replacement for Orton. The 31-year old back-up quarterback has been hinting at retirement this offseason. But it’s more likely he’ll stay an additional year to collect the $3.25 million he’s scheduled to make in 2014. It is all but certain Orton will not remain on the team past this season.
By taken a chance on Weeden, Dallas could potentially find a mature back-up quarterback with starting experience for cheap. Or, at the very least, he could be trade bait for teams needing a quarterback into the regular season. Depending upon his play, Weeden could even make Orton expendable and trade-able into the season as well.
That’s my two cents. What’s yours?
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