Dallas Cowboys’ Top 5 QB Options if Tony Romo is Done

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As rumors continue to surface and some of those begin to develop into reports, the possibility the Dallas Cowboys will have a new franchise quarterback in 2014 and beyond is slowly becoming reality. Sure, it’s still early, but the pessimistic attitude in the DFW suggests the polarizing era of Tony Romo is over as the Cowboys’ $ 100 million signal-caller underwent surgery on a herniated disc Friday morning, ending his 2013 NFL season, and possibly his career.

Now it’s going to be a while before we know if Romo will ever be able to play at a Pro Bowl level again, but the Cowboys better hope it’s before mid-March and especially before Mother’s Day because they’re going to need a new quarterback to start a new era in Dallas. Sounds scary if you’re a Cowboys fan, huh? You’re not so quick to bash No. 9 now, are you? Funny how that happens.

So as we look into the future that could very likely include the ‘Boys taking the field at Cowboys Stadium without Romo, the options for Jerry Jones’ team (notice how we didn’t say Jason Garrett’s team?) are somewhat limited, unless you give up on the current Dallas roster and start rebuilding with a 2014 NFL Draft pick. Needless to say, that’s not in the Cowboys’ best interest. Or is it? That depends on your point of view when you look at the other options in free agency and potential trades. And if you have the ignorant audacity to bring up Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown or Matt Flynn, you’re not allowed to view the rest of this column. The same goes for Jay Cutler and Sam Bradford because if they failed with their former teams, Lord knows they ain’t going to make it in Dallas.

So now let’s take a look at the Cowboys’ top five options at quarterback for the 2014 season and beyond. But be prepared because this is a scary list.