IRVING, Texas – With the Cowboys 0-5 since Tony Romo broke his collarbone in Week 2, naturally team owner/general manager Jerry Jones has been asked the team's thoughts on potentially drafting a developmental quarterback to bolster the position's future depth.
Jones has long believed Romo has years of productive football left, and he's signed through 2019. But Romo has told Jones he'll help find his successor when the time comes way down the road.
"Tony in real genuineness said, 'We're not ready for the quarterback,' and he doesn't look sheepish when he says it, 'but when we are, don't worry about it, I'll find him for you,'" Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan. "And by the way, I've spent in one case recently about three and a half, four hours with him going over all the things he'd look for in a college quarterback as far as one for the future. I give him a lot of credence, I really do. He's unbelievable as to how he's studied it."
The Cowboys haven't drafted a developmental quarterback since Stephen McGee in 2009. McGee served as the third quarterback for three seasons behind Jon Kitna and Kyle Orton.
The team has gone with veteran backups in recent seasons, including Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel this year. Cassel is expected to make his third straight start as Romo's injury replacement this Sunday against the Eagles.
Currently on the Reserve/Injured-Designated to Return list, Romo is eligible to return to game action Nov. 22 at the Dolphins.