Many Dallas Cowboys fans were upset when Brandon Weeden was signed in free agency. The Cowboys already had Kyle Orton in place, so bringing in Weeden seemed like a head-scratcher. Two months later, Weeden is starting to look like a very good signing. To make some cap room, the Cowboys cut Orton and signing Weeden looked even smarter. Although he never panned out in Cleveland, Weeden probably just needed a change of scenery.
To make things completely clear, the last player Cowboy fans want to see play is Weeden. If Weeden plays outside of garbage time in the fourth quarter, that means a major injury happened to Tony Romo. Knock on wood here, but Romo is 34 and he has already had two major back injuries. Weeden is a solid backup, but he is undetermined, and the Cowboys need No. 9 out there if they want to make the playoffs.
The Cowboys aren’t paying Weeden a lot of money. Weeden was terrible in Cleveland, but the first-team offense in Dallas is much better than the offense he had to work with in Cleveland and it’s not even a fair comparison. Weeden will also play a minor role in mentoring undrafted free agent Dustin Vaughan. Weeden understands his role and the coaching staff appreciates his presence. Weeden is a nice player for the Cowboys. He’s capable of starting, but there is no question that Romo is far and away the better quarterback between the two. Weeden is definitely one of the best backups in the league.