ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 29: Caleb Hanie #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Wednesday I raised the red flag of Kyle Orton’s absence.
Then the Cowboys addressed it.
By signing veteran Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract, Dallas now has four quarterbacks on the roster and a couple of insurance policies should Orton decide he's taken his last NFL snap.
As it stands, Hanie is clearly No. 4 on the depth chart behind Tony Romo, Orton and Brandon Weeden. A native of Forney, he didn’t play in the NFL last season. In 2011 he went 0-4 as an emergency starter for the Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. In 2012 he was a backup to Peyton Manning in Denver.
Unlike Romo, he’s actually played in an NFC Championship Game, with the Bears and against the Packers in 2011.
Like I’ve said several times, let’s stop the Johnny Manziel nonsense. The Cowboys are addressing their quarterback situation with real solutions, not fantasy scenarios.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.