Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Tony Romo Downplays Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III Interest as Carson Wentz, Jake Coker, Dak Prescott Draft Options

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Feb 01, 2016 09:31 AM EST
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Much of the focus this offseason for the Dallas Cowboys has been about their quarterback position. With Tony Romo's longevity coming into question following another collarbone injury, the Cowboys are aware they must begin to build up things behind the veteran. That could start this offseason in either the NFL Draft or in free agency. Romo has heard all of the talk about quarterbacks in Dallas and while he supports the idea of bringing someone on, he is not following the news updates on the issue.

The Cowboys have been linked to all of the top picks in the NFL Draft along with controversial free agents like Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III. The team needs to begin developing someone for the future with uncertainty in how much longer Romo can play. The quarterback told the media that he thinks it is a smart move for the team, but he is not sweating who will be signed.

"I learned a long time ago, if you're good, you just go out and play," Romo said, via ESPN.com. "You don't worry about stuff, that noise that people talk about. For me, it's about getting our team to a championship."

Owner Jerry Jones has remained coy about his intentions for the backup role. He told the media that the team has a lot of flexibility with the issue because Romo is their guaranteed starter. Dallas met with many quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl including Mr. Popular Carson Wentz, Jake Coker, Kevin Hogan and Dak Prescott. According to the Dallas Morning News, Jones is not ruling out the idea of bringing on Griffin or Manziel despite all of the doubts and issues around them. The team knows this is something they cannot afford to get wrong.

"We want to get the pick right," Jones said, via ESPN.com. "We want to get the guy right. He's got to understand what's going to happen. Coming in here to learn and study under a guy like Tony Romo is a big positive. Those things don't concern me. I think everybody agrees if the right guy is there, then you've got to take a long, hard look at it. That's why we're sitting here today, our coaching staff, working hard at it. But these quarterbacks here aren't the only guys that are going to be looked at. There's another group of guys that we're really going to have to study and put just as much effort into."

With talent uncertain in all of the top draft picks, the Cowboys could wait until a later round to select a quarterback. With the No.4 pick, it seems early to get someone in the first round when Romo is already in as the established starter. Jones will look at all options while Romo simply focuses on getting healthy.

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