Tony Romo is the Cowboys' franchise quarterback right now, and there's no disputing that fact.
There's also no disputing that Romo isn't getting any younger, and on top of the fact he's 35 years old and soon-to-be 36 with a body that's taken a beating in recent years and a back that's been surgically repaired. That's a scary prospect for a team that relies so much on one player, as they showed last year when they won just one game that wasn't started by Romo.
So with all that said, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett — one of Romo's biggest supporters and good friends — can even admit the team needs to draft an eventual Romo replacement this year. He's just not saying when.
The Cowboys have the fourth overall pick in the draft and likely would have one of the top two quarterback prospects available at that point — either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. But there's a pretty overwhelming thought that owner/GM Jerry Jones won't draft for the future with his and Romo's windows to win closing.
Garrett left the door wide open as to when the Cowboys will address the quarterback need.
"Certainly we want to have a young quarterback in our program who we're developing to be a guy who replaces Tony Romo at some point," Garrett told NFL Network. "Does that mean we take him in the first round, the second round or the third round? I don't know that. We've got to evaluate these guys and sort out who we like at all the positions."
Garrett also told NFL Network the team will not interview Wentz at the combine, but don't read too much into that considering Garrett and his staff coached Wentz at the Senior Bowl last month and spent an extended amount of time with him.
"We had a great experience when we coached Wentz down at the Senior Bowl. We were with him for five days and saw him practice three times and play in the game, handle meetings, and he was really an impressive guy. ... We won't sit down with Wentz (at the combine) because we spent a week with him. We'll sit down with five or six of the other guys that we like," Garrett said.