After the Cleveland Browns released Brandon Weeden on Wednesday, it was reported a few days later that the Dallas Cowboys emerged as the favorite to sign the two-year veteran. Although he has only been in the league for two years, Weeden is 30 years old. He didn’t come into the NFL right away because he explored the option of playing professional baseball until the age of 27.
His baseball career was going nowhere so Weeden came back to Oklahoma State to become the starting quarterback, and to make an attempt at a career in the NFL. In 2010 and 2011, Weeden threw for over 9,000 yards and over 70 touchdowns. The funny thing is that Weeden’s favorite target in college was Dez Bryant. A reunion between the two would be an enticing idea, but Weeden has shown that he is simply not an NFL talent.
Obviously, the Cowboys wouldn’t be signing Weeden to become the starting quarterback in 2014. He would become a backup to starter Tony Romo if he is signed. With the rumors of Kyle Orton thinking about retiring, it makes sense for Dallas to look for a backup. While Weeden may be decent with weapons around him, I believe it would make more sense to target a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft.
I have already said before how the Cowboys should target a quarterback in this year’s draft. They should first focus on upgrading the defense in the first few rounds, but it would be wise to draft a quarterback late in the draft. Players like A.J. McCarron, David Fales, and Aaron Murray all make sense. Each has had a ton of success at the collegiate level, and all of them could learn a lot behind Romo. I fully believe all three of these players are upgrades over Orton, and it makes sense to go after a rookie instead of paying an older alternative in Weeden.
Out of the three, I really like McCarron. As a three-year starter at Alabama, McCarron won 37 football games. That is almost unfathomable. Many will ridicule McCarron, and say that his defense was the reason he won all of those games. But, there is no argument over his consistency. As a starter in college, McCarron never had a year in which he threw for a completion percentage under 66%. But that’s not even the craziest stat… McCarron threw only 15 interceptions as a starter. Instead of shelling out money to a 30-year-old in Weeden, the Cowboys would benefit much better by drafting a quarterback like McCarron in the later rounds.
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