If the Dallas Cowboys do draft a quarterback of the future in April, it'll be with the understanding that he will sit and learn behind veteran starter Tony Romo, who's in the final stretch of his career with a few good years hopefully left if he can stay healthy.
It'd be similar to the road to stardom Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers took, sitting behind Brett Favre as a first-round pick out of California. It'll also be similar to what Romo did, though Romo was an undrafted free agent out of an FCS school and not a highly touted first-round selection.
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, who along with Cal's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, is a first-round projection and said on Wednesday that he would be happy to take a back seat and learn from someone like Romo.
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"I'd be more than OK with doing whatever was best for me and the team and whatever team I got picked up by," Lynch said on Wednesday when talking to Tim Cowlishaw and Matt Mosley on ESPN 103.3 FM in Dallas. "When I first got to school, I didn't want to redshirt or anything. I thought I could go in there and play, but I realized later on down the road as I grew up and matured, I realized that redshirting is a good thing. You get a chance to sit back and learn what you need to learn and take care of your business off the field.
"I know if I got to sit behind somebody like a veteran quarterback, whoever it may be, I know that that would be a great learning experience to develop me mentally and physically in the game, give me a year just to sit back and see how you handle things professionally."
It's good he's open to the idea because whichever quarterback the Cowboys draft (if they draft one), it will have to be under those conditions.