Tony Romo's season is officially over. He was placed on injured reserve Friday after undergoing back surgery -- and days after owner and general manger Jerry Jones said the Cowboys quarterback was suffering from back spasms and could possibly play Sundayagainst the Eagles.
Now it will be up to backup Kyle Orton to lead Dallas to its first playoff berth since 2009.
Despite the setback to Romo, who signed a six-year, $108 million extension last offseason but is also 33 years old, Jones has no plans to draft a quarterback high in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“You'd like to every spring pick up a quarterback,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan. “I think the real issue -- and maybe your question would be, would you seriously consider using a significant draft pick for a quarterback? That's early. That's way too early to do that with the way things are today with my expectation of Tony's career, which I think will be for several years to come. It's too early to be drafting a highly ranked or, if you will, costly quarterback.”
Since the Cowboys signed Romo as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois in 2003, the team has drafted one quarterback: Stephen McGee (fourth round, 2009). In 2001, two years before Romo's arrival, the Cowboys took Quincy Carter in the second round.
But Romo is younger than either Brady or Manning and if he can stay healthy, Jones is right: It's reasonable to think the quarterback has several good years left in him. Since 2007, Romo has played in fewer than 13 games just once; in 2010 when he broke his collarbone in Week 7. Not only that, but the Cowboys, with their 30th-ranked defense, have plenty of other high-round draft needs.