Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has made the most of his time taking first-team reps with the Dallas Cowboys as Tony Romo recovers from back surgery, but his future in Dallas is no guarantee.
As Bryan Broaddus of dallascowboys.com pointed out, the quarterback depth chart in Dallas hinges almost entirely on 31-year-old backup Kyle Orton.
Orton, who started one game in Romo’s place last season, missed the Cowboys’ OTAs and minicamp, resulting in fines totaling more than $70,000. Orton is contemplating retirement, but his status remains largely unknown.
If Orton retires or otherwise doesn’t report to the team, Weeden should be locked in as Romo’s backup, and West Texas A&M product Dustin Vaughan could become the No. 3.
If Orton does decide to play in 2014, Weeden could still be in the mix if he outplays Orton. That might result in Dallas parting ways with Orton for good.
But the more likely scenario might be to move Weeden, whose two-year, $1.23 million contract makes him easily disposable.
At the same time, given Romo’s history with injuries and Orton’s question marks, it might be beneficial for the Cowboys to keep three QBs with starting experience.
Weeden started 20 games during the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, but was released in March after throwing 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his two years.