The Cowboys apparently won’t be pulling their bus up to the quarterback workouts in Indianapolis.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that with the focus on extending starter Tony Romo (though they haven’t started negotiating yet), the team won’t be looking at the quarterbacks at the Combine this week.
“We’ve never been opposed to drafting young quarterbacks,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “We drafted Stephen McGee. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for us, but in my mind – and we’ve not gone over this in detail, Jerry and myself – but I can’t imagine we wouldn’t take a quarterback if the right guy is there, just like we did Stephen.
“I don’t necessarily see us using our first round pick or second round pick on one, but after, depending on who might be there, I wouldn’t rule it out.”
That’s not necessarily a bad idea, as this draft lacks the kind of star power at the top to make the Cowboys think about a future beyond Romo.
The fourth-rounder wasted on McGee in 2009 (he’s a Texan now) is a rare one for the Cowboys, in that they haven’t spent many picks on passers to begin with. Since taking Troy Aikman first overall in 1989, the Cowboys have only drafted two other quarterbacks: Bill Musgrave in 1991 and Quincy Carter in 2001.
So maybe the decision to look elsewhere with their premium picks is a sound one.