Earlier Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys released backup quarterback Kyle Orton, who they had slotted to be their No.2 quarterback this season. They had little choice but to pull the trigger on the 31-year-old Orton because he hadn’t shown up for training camp and the indications were that he wasn’t going to report at all for the entire season. Orton simply wanted to be released so that he could presumably retire or do whatever.
Technically, Orton is now a free agent and can be signed by another one of the 32 teams in the NFL, but it’s likely that he’s thrown his last football. But with Orton now gone, Brandon Weeden is now the Cowboys No.2 quarterback by default.
That’s a risky situation for the Cowboys to be in because the 30-year-old Weeden completed just 55% of his passes for the Cleveland Browns in his two seasons with them after being drafted in the 1st round in 2012. He threw 26 interceptions, and this was with him missing games. To say that Weeden was horrible is putting it mildly.
He was god awful horrible to the point where the Browns washed their hands of him and let him go. Now he’s the Cowboys’ problem, and he very well could be a problem if he’s called on to play this season, which is a distinct possibility given the advanced age of starter Tony Romo.
It’s possible that Weeden could improve in the future with the further development that he’s going to get with the Cowboys. But he’s going to have a steep learning curve for the amount of things he’s going to need to learn with the Cowboys, and you have to wonder how much more improvement you’re going to get out of a 30-year-old quarterback. Normally by that age a quarterback is about as good as he’s ever going to get, as you normally don’t surges in improvement.
The Cowboys are going to need to take a good look at Weeden before the season starts and then make a decision whether it’s worth it for them to stick with him as their No.2 quarterback or if they should look in another direction by signing one of the quarterbacks that get cut by teams as they move to get down to their 53-man roster before the start of the season.