Even though their $108 million, 33-year-old franchise quarterback will be coming off his second back surgery in eight months, the Cowboys aren’t thinking about finding a long-term replacement.
Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones said on one of his radio shows that using a high pick on another quarterback was not on the to-do list for the Cowboys this offseason.
“You’d like to every spring pick up a quarterback,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “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 will be picking in the middle of the first-round, but it isn’t in their character to use that kind of currency.
The only quarterback they’ve drafted during Romo’s career was fourth-rounder Stephen McGee out of Texas A&M, and they haven’t taken a quarterback in the first two rounds since Quincy Carter in 2001.
Otherwise, they’ve filled in with veteran backups and kids, and that is apparently the plan into the future.