Friday, December 27, 2013
Jerry: Cowboys won't use high pick on QB
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas -- A replacement plan for Tony Romo won’t be near the top of Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones’ priority list this offseason.
The Cowboys are committed to Romo as the franchise quarterback of the foreseeable future after signing him to a six-year, $108 million extension with $55 million in guaranteed money last offseason. Jones said he is not concerned about the 33-year-old Romo having chronic back issues despite two surgeries in the last eight months that the Cowboys consider unrelated.
Jones said the Cowboys want to add a developmental quarterback prospect this offseason, but they will not use a high draft pick on the position.
“You’d like to every spring pick up a quarterback,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “I think the real issue and maybe your question would be, would you seriously consider using a significant draft pick for a quarterback? That’s early. That’s way too early to do that with the way things are today with my expectation of Tony’s career, which I think will be for several years to come.
“It’s too early to be drafting a highly ranked or, if you will, costly quarterback.”
The Cowboys have drafted only one quarterback during the 11-year career of Romo, who was undrafted. They selected Stephen McGee out of Texas A&M in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
The Cowboys have not used an early pick on a quarterback since selecting Quincy Carter with the 53rd overall pick in 2001.