The Dallas Cowboys have a lot to think about when it comes to the future of their quarterback. On Thursday April 24, 2014, the Dallas Cowboys signed quarterback Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract. Caleb Hanie played for the Cleveland Browns last season, the Denver Broncos in 2012, and the Chicago Bears in 2011. Signing Hanie now gives the Dallas Cowboys four quarterbacks on their roster, pending the uncertainty of Kyle Orton returning of course. One may wonder why Dallas decided to pick up a QB like Hanie when they just signed Brandon Weeden in free agency.
Of course there’s also the issue of Tony Romo: When should Dallas consider picking a quarterback for the post-Romo future? Probably two years ago, but this year’s draft will have to suffice. Romo has been throwing and participating in the off season conditioning which started last week and team officials have said he recovered well from surgery. The question that the Dallas Cowboys have to ask is: With Romo turning 34 just last week and coming off a back injury, would it be a smart move to draft a quarterback in one of the later rounds? If Dallas picks up a young quarterback, he would be able to have a few seasons minimum to learn under Romo, kind of like the Green Bay Packers did with Brett Favre grooming Aaron Rodgers. Look where Rodgers is now.
Weeden and Hanie are both veteran quarterbacks who won’t last long in Dallas, so the Cowboys need to be strategic in their long-term plan for Tony Romo’s replacement. Rumors have said that Jerry Jones is keeping his eye on Johnny Manziel, and the Cowboys also hosted two prospective quarterbacks on April 17th at their Dallas Day: TCU QB Casey Pachall, and SMU QB Garrett Gilbert. Both Pachall and Gilbert are lesser known draft prospects, and therefore may be a smart choice for the Cowboys who could pick them in one of the later rounds. If Dallas chooses to try to trade up in order to get Manziel or another first round quarterback, that could hurt them in cap space, and deter the Cowboys from signing another player they desperately need.
Jerry Jones needs to take these concerns into consideration, and in the meantime hopefully Tony Romo continues a trend of Dallas quarterbacks playing well in their 30’s, as Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach did.
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