With the 2015 NFL season now a distant memory and the 2016 draft a little over two months away, rumors are swirling regarding the Dallas Cowboys and their plans for next season. After a disappointing 2015 campaign—which was filled with numerous injuries to key players including Tony Romo and Dez Bryant—the Cowboys are looking to bounce back in a big way in the weak NFC East. With quarterback Tony Romo’s health still a question mark, the latest rumors are saying that Robert Griffin III could be joining the Dallas Cowboys.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Romo is considering another procedure on his clavicle and collarbone. While Romo will only be be sidelined until May if he gets the surgeries, there is always a risk that he suffers another injury next year. Romo will be 36-years-old in April, and he has already suffered multiple injuries to his left clavicle and collarbone over the past few seasons.
“Both procedures have a six to eight week recovery period, which would clear Romo to take the field for the start of organized team activities in May. Romo fractured his left clavicle on two separate occasions in a span of 10 weeks, limiting him to four games last season. He has broken his left collarbone three times since the 2010 season.”
Regardless of the team’s outlook on Romo this season, the Cowboys have to find a better backup quarterback. While Dez Bryant was also battling a foot injury last season, the Cowboys’ 4-12 record was largely based on the fact that Romo’s replacements could not get the job done.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in college quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz in the upcoming draft. While the interest in Goff and Wentz remains strong, the team still needs a viable backup quarterback for the 2016 season. Goff and Wentz have the potential to be competent NFL starters in the future, but the team is going to need a veteran behind Romo.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, rumors started coming out a few weeks ago that Griffin would be a good fit in Dallas. Since RG3 is going to be cut by the Washington Redskins, many analysts thought that Griffin would be the perfect backup to Romo. In addition to providing security in the event of an injury to Romo, Griffin could also learn and develop for a few more years to eventually take over as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network recently said that Griffin to Dallas remains a possibility.
While Griffin’s last few years in Washington were not exactly memorable, he did show during his rookie season that he can play the quarterback position at a high level in the NFL. In 15 games in 2012, Griffin threw 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also rushed for another 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries and a falling out with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden led to Kirk Cousins taking over as the starting quarterback, but many officials around the league believe that Griffin can still have a successful NFL career.
Even though many sources are reporting Dallas’ interest in Griffin, 247Sports says that Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Lineman is “not a fan” of Griffin and his playing style.
Whether or not Lineman has the final say or not remains to be seen—he most likely does not—but the fact is Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel did not get the job done last year. The Cowboys should and probably will draft a quarterback, but the team is set to win now. With Dez Bryant entering his prime and a ferocious offensive line, the team cannot afford another lost season due to poor backup quarterback play.
Until the Dallas Cowboys officially sign a backup quarterback, Robert Griffin III will likely continue to be linked to the team. While the reports are conflicting regarding the team’s interest, they would be smart to at least do their due diligence on the former Heisman Trophy winner.
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