The move seems like it would be a contingency option for Dallas, depending on whether or not backup QB Kyle Orton elects to retire at some point this offseason.
ESPN’s Ed Werder confirms that this is part of the Cowboys’ thinking in regards to signing Wedden.
- However, Werder adds that the Cowboys view Weeden as “potential future starter” and would like to see how he develops in the next few years.
- Werder also mentions that QB Tony Romo‘s health could also be another reason why the team wanted to add some depth at the quarterback position.
Romo underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk back in December, so his recovery will definitely be monitored closely throughout the offseason.
Weeden, 30, was taken with the No. 22 overall pick during the 2012 NFL Draft, but last just two years with the Browns before they cut him loose earlier in the week.
There is some concern regarding his age, of course. Assuming that the Cowboys give him two years to develop, as mentioned by Werder, it would be 32 years old, which makes you wonder if they would be better off developing a younger quarterback for the time being.
In 2013, Weeden appeared in eight games for the Browns and completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 1,731 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.