Jerry Jones hints at Dallas Cowboys looking for quarterback of the future

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, left, shakes hands with team owner Jerry Jones during a news conference at team headquarters in Irving, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. Romo signed a six-year $67 million contract with the football team on Tuesday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

About this time every year the campaign mounts for the Cowboys to draft Tony Romo’s heir apparent.

It always ends in disappointment.

That’s about to change.

It may not be next month. But in either this draft or the next, the Cowboys are likely to select a quarterback.

It’s all about timing. Romo turns 35 next month. The organization is at the point where it needs to put its succession plan into place.

The club doesn’t have much recent experience in this area. Troy Aikman was a given. Since then, the Cowboys have drafted only three quarterbacks under the ownership of Jerry Jones. Can you name them?

That was Bill Musgrave (1991) in the fourth round, Quincy Carter (2001) in the second round and Stephen McGee (2009) in the fourth round.

“We do have to look to the future relative to quarterback,’’ Jones said. “It’s starting a time frame where a guy could come in and be a good backup.

“Look at how Romo evolved into the guy he is today. He did a little time with the clip board.’’

Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson took a close look at Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty at the Bears’ pro day last week, and he liked what he witnessed. Petty, a local product from Midlothian, is considered by many to be the third-best quarterback in the 2015 draft. The Cowboys also scheduled a private workout with Petty in which Dallas offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was supposed to attend.

And, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner Herald, the Cowboys have scheduled a private workout this week with Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason and receiver Chris Conley. (Courtesy of

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