Kyle Orton wants to retire and the Dallas Cowboys should let him do so. Don’t get me wrong… Orton is one of the best backups in the NFL, but he is getting paid a lot of money and the Cowboys could use that money to address their defense. The Cowboys signed first-round bust Brandon Weeden in free agency and this signing was a questionable one to many Cowboy fans, but Weeden maybe just needed a change of scenery. There is a player no one is talking and that is Dustin Vaughan, an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M University.
West Texas A&M is an unknown when it comes to college football, but they produced three quality players last year in Vaughan, Nathan Slaughter, and Ethan Westbrooks. Many quarterbacks have had crazy statistics in college, but the main reason why was because of the offense they played in and the competition that they were going up against. Regardless, Vaughan still threw for over 5,400 yards last and he also had 53 touchdowns.
The Cowboys have been good in recent years at finding quality undrafted free agents and Vaughan could be yet another one. Tony Romo was an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois and he has gone on to become Dallas’ all-time passing yards and touchdowns leader. At 6’5″, 235 pounds, there is a lot to like with Vaughan’s size. The hard part about Vaughan’s transition to the NFL is that he will need to learn how to manage an NFL offense and he will need to improve his techniques in the pocket.
With Jason Garrett and Wade Wilson making their impacts felt in Dallas, Vaughan could learn from the former backup quarterbacks. Perhaps the quarterback getting the most buzz at training camp is Vaughan. There is no reason why Vaughan can’t be Dallas’ No. 3 quarterback behind Romo and Weeden. Time will tell if Vaughan’s production in college was inflated or not.