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Weeden Doesn't Throw Wrench into Cowboys' Draft Strategy

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Weeden Doesn't Throw Wrench into Cowboys' Draft Strategy

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden passes against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Cleveland. Weeden took over for starter Brian Hoyer who was injured in the first quarter. (AP Photo/David Richard)

While you’re busy with your snide remarks about the age of Brandon Weeden or how the Cowboys are somehow trying to get better by acquiring rejects off the Cleveland Browns’ scrap heap, be assured that nothing Dallas has done will change its strategy on draft day.

The Cowboys still don’t know their quarterback of the future. And they’re fine with that. For now.

Weeden is nothing more than a cheap, 30-year-old insurance policy in the event of Kyle Orton retiring and Tony Romo breaking. He’s No. 3 on the depth chart. And if the Cowboys see a young, promising quarterback late in the draft, they still have reason to take him.

The acquisition of Weeden makes sense because it’s low-cost, low-risk. He gives the Cowboys a veteran arm for training camp and an emergency parachute just in case something goes horribly wrong during the jump. But he’s not a long-term answer to any relevant question, other than: If Orton retires, who is Romo’s veteran backup in 2014?
 

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 writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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