Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning you won’t see a more gifted passer than Brandon Weeden. But Jones is apparently willing to look at whether to let his eyes wander.
With limited options in free agency and no apparent interest in signing Christian Ponder, Josh Johnson, or Matt Flynn (all of whom worked out for the Cowboys on Tuesday), Dallas has acquired Matt Cassel from the Bills.
Buffalo dumped Cassel and his $4 million-plus base salary before the start of the season, re-signing him for $2 million. Whatever the Bills received, it was enough to persuade them to go with Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel as their two main options.
Cassel’s arrival necessarily puts a little heat on Weeden, as Rodney Harrison noted during the final moments of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN. That could rattle the guy whom Jones praised, causing the former first-rounder of the Browns to look over his shoulder instead of focusing on the task at hand.
Either way, it’s Weeden and Cassel until Tony Romo returns from a broken collarbone — or until Weeden or Cassel are injured or dumped.
UPDATE 7:02 p.m. ET: PFT has confirmed that the trade is done.