Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vows to get a backup quarterback with starter potential this offseason. He did not rule out using the team’s first-round pick on a quarterback during his weekly radio show.
“We’re going to try to all the ways – all ways – to come up with a way to get Tony [Romo] a backup, while at the same time looking toward the future,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “Some people would say that’s dreaming. Everybody wants that.”
The Cowboys have used three backups this season, with Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore combining to go 1-10.
Jones said he visited with Romo about the team’s future at the position Saturday night in Buffalo.
“It’s obviously going to be a high priority for us, the backup situation, as it relates to not only being able to come in and do better than we did this year, but whatever way, whatever we do, do better, but we’re looking to our future,” Jones said. “That’s as big a thing for me. That’s why we were working with Weeden. We thought Weeden had future possibilities. He had arm talent. But we didn’t know how he would work at the game preparation and the whole picture. …We invested quite a bit in Weeden, and you see where we are with him. So basically that is a high priority for us.
“I personally think that we, if I was giving grades, that’s probably where we didn’t do as well probably more so than any place else was the backup quarterback situation.”
The Cowboys have not drafted a quarterback since taking Texas A&M’s Stephen McGee in the fourth round in 2009. He spent three seasons on the roster. But Jones pointed out he almost selected A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round in 2014.
Instead, the Cowboys took two-time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin.
“I looked hard until right until the last second at drafting a quarterback,” Jones said. “The reason I didn’t is I thought that that quarterback would have a tough time sitting behind Romo for five years, and I assumed that he would be sitting behind Romo for five years. I was well aware that we were vulnerable if Romo got hurt in that five-year period. So we just came within a hair of … drafting a quarterback.”
Craig Morton (1965) and Troy Aikman (1989) are the only quarterbacks the Cowboys have ever drafted in the first round.
The Cowboys currently sit fourth in the 2016 draft.
Jones said “the odds of making a mistake [in drafting a first-round quarterback] are huge.”