When Hall of Famer and FOX analyst Troy Aikman stopped by the set of PFT Live on Super Bowl Radio Row Thursday, Aikman and Mike Florio discussed the possibility of the Cowboys pursuing Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III to address their backup quarterback situation.
But Aikman said he believes the Cowboys might be better served by pursuing a quarterback of the future, even with the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft.
“If there is a player who…is what you view as a franchise quarterback, I think you have to take that guy,” Aikman said. “Jerry [Jones] is all in now and certainly he feels Tony Romo can play another three or four seasons, but I liken it a little to the Green Bay situation when the Packers took Aaron Rodgers.
“At the time, Brett Favre had never missed a game. And he would go on to never miss a game for three more years. In Dallas, we all know what happened with Romo going down last season and the backup situation, although I think their problems went beyond the quarterback position. To me, if you have a chance to add a franchise quarterback, and if you’re going to the team that Jerry thinks they are going to be, then you’re never going to be in this [draft] position again, at least not anytime soon.
“To have a chance to set your team up for 15 years, I don’t know how you bypass that.”
Back problems forced Aikman out of the NFL at 34, so at least to an extent he knows what Romo, who will be 36 this spring, has been battling.
“Tony has been managing the back,” Aikman said. “It has not been smooth sailing coming off the back surgeries. When he returned from missing seven or eight games [last November], he could not go through a normal week’s practice. Of course the collarbone got all the attention, but the back was not right.
“Can he make it through a 16-game schedule? Of course he can. But in all likelihood he won’t. He has shown the back issues are taking a toll.”
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