The Dallas Cowboys have been suffering from a quarterback conundrum since Week 2 of the NFL season. As Super Bowl 50 talks flood the football community, the Greg Hardy squad has yet to resolve the issue. Losing Tony Romo to a collarbone injury, some sports experts feel that the Dallas Cowboys might be better off signing new talent in the team. With the luxury of getting the fourth draft pick, Jerry Jones is expected to look for potential quarterbacks to serve as the ailing Romo's backup.
However, it looks like the Dallas Cowboys owner has other ideas. While he evidently found some members of the 2015 NFL Draft class remarkable, Jones appears to be hesitant in using the football team's draft pick to fill in the quarterback post. Speculations of this nature further gained traction when Jones alluded to the free agent market in relation to Romo's possible backup.
"There are many options," said Jones via ESPN, referring to the plans of the Dallas Cowboys in terms of signing a backup quarterback.
Jones continued, "There's free agency. The question you [asked], and I'm taking it literally, is, Do you have to? Have to do what? Do we have to [draft a quarterback] to compete for a Super Bowl next year? Do we have to to compete for a Super Bowl in the future? Do you have to have it in place after you have this draft? There's no 'have to' here, in my mind, because we have the luxury of having Romo for a minimum three, four, five years here. So we're going to play football and hopefully play it well with a healthy Romo."
The Dallas Cowboys owner also shared that a quarterback must have the requisite experience to be effective in the NFL. That is, a fresh off college football star might not cut it in the league once the pressure mounts in the season. Hence, Jones seems to be more interested in searching for Romo's backup in the tried and tested group of free agents this year.
"I think that the time that a quarterback is learning or a time that he's being exposed to, let's say, another accomplished quarterback, in our case, I think that you could gain a tremendous amount," noted the NFL team owner.
He added, "You also have the ability to, so to speak, develop and more ease into the situation rather than the crash course of putting them out there yesterday. Troy [Aikman] was an exception. He got sacked 11 times in one game against Philadelphia [as a rookie] and a lesser, a more fragile psyche, it might have done some damage over the long term there. In that case, he showed how tough he was mentally."
One name notably linked to the Dallas Cowboys is Tim Tebow. Although no official confirmation has been given by either party, the speculations are rife that the Christian could comfortably fit the playing style of the Dez Bryant squad. Tebow, who has not played throughout the NFL season, can offer fresh legs to an ailing football squad.
Moreover, Tebow can offer the much-needed sales boost for Dallas Cowboys games. Given the performance of the NFL team during this season, the number of fans of the Romo squad has dwindled over time. Perhaps adding a widely loved star could provide it the necessary push in the sales department.
Meanwhile, Troy Aikman shared his prediction that the Dallas Cowboys might sign either Robert Griffin III or Johnny Manziel this year. Griffin and Manziel of the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns, respectively, are both young and talented stars. Moreover, Aikman noted that the experience of the two football players will fit the bill as Romo's backup.
"I believe as I sit here today that either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will be in Dallas as a backup (next year)," shared Aikman via Sports Illustrated.
Following the comment of Aikman, supporters of RG3 started to echo the same sentiments. Art Briles, the college football coach of Griffin at Baylor University, feels that the Washington Redskins quarterback will do great in the Dallas Cowboys roster.
"That [Dallas] would be a great place for him. It's a great organization; being back in Texas and with the Cowboys and having a chance to get in there under [Tony] Romo for three years. Not that they need to sell tickets, but it wouldn't hurt ticket sales,"said Briles via Dallas Morning News.