Cowboys sign Brandon Weeden, seriously

Cowboys sign Brandon Weeden, seriously
March 18, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Cleveland cut former first-round pick quarterback Brandon Weeden last month, even though the move will cost them more than $2 million in dead money. In 23 games with the Browns, Weeden completed 55 percent of his passes and threw 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. With that resume, the Dallas Cowboys decided to give Weeden a two-year contract. 

Weeden's move to Dallas seems odd. The Cowboys are clearly entrenched with Tony Romo as the starting quarterback, and behind him sits Kyle Orton, a former starter and very capable backup. So why add Weeden? Some rumors suggest Orton, only 31, might retire. That would leave Weeden as Romo's backup.

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Romo, age 34, has missed games in two of the last four Cowboys seasons. With the ability to escape the pocket, Romo's playing style lends itself to big hits, which can mean injuries. Based on the averages of starting quarterbacks missing time each NFL season, it seems a good possibility Cowboys fans see Weeden in a regular season game.