With Tony Romo sidelined for roughly the next eight weeks, the Cowboys will begin the process of addressing the quarterback position without him.
Cowboys officials, from owner/general manager Jerry Jones to coach Jason Garrett, have maintained their confidence in Brandon Weeden as the starter going forward. But the team will work out several veterans to add depth to the position on Tuesday.
Matt Flynn and Christian Ponder are among those, as the Cowboys will seek a veteran presence who can add depth to the position. Ponder was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and started 36 career games for the Minnesota Vikings. He spent the 2015 preseason with Oakland before being released.
Flynn spent four years as Aaron Rodgers’ backup after the Green Bay Packers selected him in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has made 53 career appearances and seven career starts â most notably when he led a furious second-half comeback to upset the Cowboys, 37-36, in 2013. He has also spent time with Seattle, Buffalo and Oakland, and he was with the New York Jets during the 2015 preseason.
It makes sense that the Cowboys would want an experienced option on the roster behind Weeden. After cutting ties with Dustin Vaughan last month, Dallas opted to keep just two quarterbacks on the active roster. Even if Romo isn’t sent to the short-term injured reserve, Weeden is currently the only passer on the 53-man roster.
The Cowboys also have two young quarterbacks on their practice squad in Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers, but neither player has ever made an NFL start.
It remains to be seen if the team will add any of these workout players, but at the very least it’d be smart to add some experience while Weeden assumes the starter duties. Garrett hinted as much during his Monday afternoon press conference.
"We’ll certainly consider all options to make our team better," Garrett said. "We like the options we have right now. We have Kellen Moore on our practice squad. He’s a guy we brought in here for a reason. He’s been around Scott Linehan and in this offensive system. We feel comfortable with him but we’re always looking to better our team, so if there is a viable option out there at this position or any position we certainly want to look into it."