Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared Friday that quarterback Tony Romo should be ready to return from season-ending back surgery--undergone by the franchise quarterback on Friday morning--in time for organized team activities next offseason.
“My expectation is that one of the pluses for having had it done as early as this morning is that it would really contribute to him being able to get right there when it comes time for the team to be in OTAs and do the preparation, the beginning of the preparation for next year,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, per the Dallas Morning News. “The OTAs are what we call the equivalent of our spring practice. So we would anticipate him being right on time there and expect it and we’ll see how it goes.”
Assuming that Romo will bounce back from the back injury and with needs abounding at other positions, especially on the defensive side of the ball, Jones said he doesn’t plan on spending a high-round draft pick on a quarterback.
“You’d like to every spring pick up a quarterback,” Jones said. “I think the real issue and maybe your question would be, ‘would you seriously consider using a significant draft pick for a quarterback?’ That’s early. That’s way too early to do that with the way things are today with my expectation of Tony’s career, which I think will be for several years to come, it’s too early to be drafting a highly ranked or if you will costly quarterback.”
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