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Monday, March 4, 2013
Free-agency series: Quarterbacks

By Calvin Watkins

We start a 10-part series breaking down the Cowboys' free-agency needs, position-by-position:

Quarterbacks


Who's on the roster: Tony Romo, Kyle Orton and Nick Stephens.

Analysis: This is one position the Cowboys are not trying to upgrade in free agency or the draft. Romo will be signed to a long-term deal at some point this offseason, and the team values Orton's ability to play if there is an injury. It would be nice if the Cowboys tried to get a younger quarterback to develop for the future.

Cowboys free agents: None

NFL free agents of interest: Matt Moore, Jason Campbell, Chase Daniel, Jordan Palmer and John Beck.

Need Meter: 2. It will be interesting to see how Stephens, a dropback passer, fits during the organized team activities this spring. Moore was cut by the Cowboys years ago and probably isn't interested in returning as a backup now. If the Cowboys add to this position, it'll be through the draft. Unless Orton wants to be a starter again in this league, he might be Romo's backup for a few more years until a younger quarterback emerges as a better No. 2 option.