Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Cowboys Take A Chance on QB Brandon Weeden?


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?

That is today’s poll question: Should The Cowboys Take A Chance on QB Brandon Weeden? Place your vote below and feel free to explain your pick in our comments section.

Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Cowboys Take A Chance on QB Brandon Weeden?

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Weeden just flat is not a very good quarterback and that was obvious from day one. I don’t see other teams making the same mistake as Cleveland even as a backup quarterback. If Dallas signs him I don’t foresee them being able to trade him away or for that matter even give him away. It would be a waste of resources.

  • SmartThinking

    It’s a pretty sad day when Dallas is interested in a team as bad as Cleveland’s cast-offs. Wheeden is a bad QB. He was a back-up on one of the worst teams in pro sports and still couldn’t break through. So Dallas wants to get rid of Orton, a proven, dependable back-up who can win games, for a bad, player just to save a few bucks?

    This is big Jones’ logic?

    Sure, Brandon. Come on over. Join our merry band of rejects and scrubs as we waste another year of pro football in the Lone Star State and get clobbered by every other smart football team in the league each and every Sunday afternoon!!!

  • ctcowboy1968

    Let’s see… Orton and Weeden are probably the same age. Weeden has basically no experience. Orton as a ton of experience. Orton can win games. Weeden only losses games. Even excluding money, there is no comparison.
    Take Murray in the 4th. Let him learn from the sidelines for the next several years. Young and low pay.

  • Ed

    To take him as a starter…nu-uh. But a backup…Mmmmmaybe. I don’t recall the reason he is came out of college at such an age but he doesn’t have wear and tear like some other QB’s. His mechanics seem to be ok (not that I would really know), or at least no one that does know speakes about. And I seem to recall a connection with Bryant, too. And lets face it, the Browns O-line was a joke and the receivers are just now getting good/very good. I say take a chance if the price is right. But definitely find a 3rd string. Just in case.