Cowboys interested in Brandon Weeden

AP

Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones has an idea in mind for Tony Romo’s next backup: Brandon Weeden.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Cowboys are interested in Weeden, a 2012 first-round draft pick of the Browns who was cut this week.

Kyle Orton is currently the Cowboys’ backup quarterback, and Orton played reasonably well in Week 17 in place of the injured Romo. But there’s been some talk that Orton might retire, and the Cowboys might see Weeden as the next-best option if Orton decides to walk away. Or they could just be interested in Weeden as the third-string quarterback behind Romo and Orton.

The 30-year-old Weeden, who got a late start on football after playing five years of minor league baseball, has completed 55.9 percent of his passes, with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, in two years in the NFL.