Romo Worries: Cowboys Working Out Other Quarterbacks
Published April 23rd, 2014
Tony Romo suffered a serious back injury last during the last week of the 2013 regular season that is expected to take until at least April to heal. As cautious as NFL teams are with their quarterbacks, it is likely that Romo will see a reduced workload during the 2014 preseason. For at least that reason, the Cowboys are investigating the possibility of adding one or more additional quarterbacks to their roster.
Currently, Kyle Orton is the only healthy quarterback signed with Dallas. However, the Cowboys will likely need at least two or three more quarterbacks to share the workload during the spring and summer months, even if they do not make the final roster.
Mike Kafka was brought in for a workout recently by Dallas. Kafka then signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a workout with them. In December, Richard Bartel, Tyler Thigpen and John Skelton were brought in for workouts before Jon Kitna was signed to the roster.
Other Free Agent Options
Of course, quite a few veteran quarterbacks are currently available who could be brought in when free agency begins. Mike Vick of the Eagles, Mark Sanchez of the Jets and Matt Flynn of the Packers will all become free agents in March. Unemployed quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Vince Young could also be available if the Cowboys wanted them.
It is possible that the Cowboys will wait until the draft to take a quarterback, or could even sign someone as a free agent after the draft. Teams routinely bring in one or two players at the position to serve as a camp arm or give other quarterbacks on the depth chart a day off. Regardless, the fact that Dallas is working out other quarterbacks does not mean that Tony Romo will be out of a job soon. It is merely an attempt by the Cowboys to find passers who can get the team through training camp to reduce the risk of re-aggravating the injury Romo suffered last season.