If you study the history of Jerry Jones as a general manager, he has been on and off in whether he has carried two or three quarterbacks on his 53 man roster.
From 2006 through 2008 he just carried two. From 2009 through 2011, he carried three. For the last two seasons that number is back at two. As I write this breakdown of the quarterbacks,
If Orton does in fact report, the question becomes if
This is a situation that they could surely think about because the financial commitment to Weeden is not that taxing on the cap, plus it protects them in case something does happen with Romo. Another thought might be if Weeden does play well in the preseason is to keep Orton as the No. 2 but try and see if there might be a taker during the final cuts on Weeden.
Again, Weeden’s money situation makes him a much easier piece to deal than working with Orton, who still has years and money on a contract that could result in dead money on the cap. The final way that this might play out is that Kyle Orton does decide that he has had enough and calls it a career, then we will surely see Brandon Weeden hold onto that backup job with
Regardless how this plays out for this front office and coaching staff, there still are options and they are not painted into a corner. Kyle Orton in my view is the best option as the backup quarterback for this club, but as Brandon Weeden continues to get snaps and gain confidence, then that greatly helps the state of the position. The bottom line in all these moves is to think about the big picture but to also protect the makeup of the roster and not get caught short at a position with a lack of talent in case it is needed.