Erin Weaver
Friday December 27th, 2013

Despite his two back surgeries in under a year, the Cowboys will stick with Romo as the franchise QB. (G Fiume/Getty Images) Despite two back surgeries, the Cowboys will keep Romo as the franchise QB. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the team will not use a high draft pick on a quarterback, despite Tony Romo needing two back surgeries in eight months. The Cowboys will continue to use Romo as the franchise quarterback, having just signed him to six-year, $108 million extension with $55 million in guaranteed money last offseason.

Jones said on one of his radio shows that the Cowboys want to add a developmental quarterback but will not use a high draft pick on a prospect:

“You’d like to every spring pick up a quarterback,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “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.”

The Cowboys have used just one draft pick on a quarterback in Romo's 11-year career, who was undrafted. Dallas selected Stephen McGee from Texas A&M in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.

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