The City of Cleveland is where quarterbacks go to fail. The best a quarterback can do in that situation is wait for their rookie contract to end so that they can enter a new opportunity in a new city.
Quarterback Brandon Kyle Weeden is that guy now.
The 30-year-old, who turns 31 in October, made the most of his first appearance as a Dallas Cowboy completing 13 of 17 passes, one score, and a final quarterback rating of 111.6.
Weeden showed a propensity to shift his 6′ 4″ frame out of the pocket to extend plays. He exuded precise confidence in his ability to throw the ball, and showed up like a veteran of the team when in actuality it was his first take in a new uniform.
This situation should give Cowboys a spark of insurance should QB #1 Tony Romo get hurt and miss time. Sure, the former first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft won’t leap-frog the depth chart anytime soon.
But Weeden showed signs of commanding the huddle and moving the ball — important criteria for fans uneasy by the early retirement of Kyle Orton, who many considered a top QB #2 in the NFL.
In the end, the Cowboys will once again look sharp and resourceful with this signing. The Cowboys receive a former first-round quarterback, who will make only $570,000 in 2014 (his two-year contract is a league minimum) with no bonus dollars.
The former pitcher, drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, appears ready to rid himself of any Cleveland reflections.
Considering Weeden’s flash and early signs of success, the City of Dallas can only be graceful with their hospitality towards him.