Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told reporters on earlier in the week that they are open to the idea of drafting a quarterback at some point during the draft.
“You always have to be open to that,” Jones said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. “Yeah, and whether it’s a guy ultimately one day, your future, even if its at some point it enables you to not have a better (more expensive) backup, that saves you money if you’re able to get on a guy like that, so we’re always open to it.”
Dallas signed Tony Romo to a seven-year contract worth $119.5 million that included $55 million guaranteed last year. However, Romo will be 34-years-old next year and backup QB Kyle Orton is currently 31.
Watkins mentions that the Cowboys are unlikely to use their first-round pick to address the position, but adds that there is at least a chance they could draft a quarterback in the middle-rounds.
Watkins lists Derek Carr, Logan Thomas, Jimmy Garoppolo and Aaron Murray as some options they could consider later in the draft.
Dallas has holes all over their roster and are in pretty bad shape in regards to their 2014 salary cap. With that in mind, it seems likely that they would look to address as many positions as possible during the draft rather that in free agency where it will require more financial resources to add talent.
The idea of drafting a quarterback in the middle rounds with the intention of developing makes sense, especially when you consider the ages of Romo and Orton, but it would be somewhat surprising see them draft a quarterback in the first two rounds.