Stephen Jones backs Tony Romo as draft nears

From the sounds of things, the Dallas Cowboys are not as interested in a wide-open quarterback competition as much as backup tight end Martellus Bennett is.

Bennett campaigned earlier this month for an opportunity to allow Jon Kitna to win the starting job but Tony Romo remains entrenched as the starter. There has been some quiet speculation the Cowboys could consider a quarterback early in the draft, but with so many other needs, that seems remote.

Stephen Jones, the team’s vice president, was asked in a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan if the team will consider trying to draft a replacement for Romo this week?

“You can just look no further than last year and see that you always need a good quarterback,” Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “But we drafted Stephen McGee two years ago with a high pick, a fourth-round pick. We’re not necessarily looking for a replacement for Tony as much as we’re wanting to have good quarterbacks.

“You end up with a good young one and Tony’s still having a great career. … It’s all in front of Tony and I think Tony’s got every bit of five or six years left in him, if not more.”

Still, Romo is going to have to play much better than he did last season before a broken collarbone sidelined him. With Jason Garrett now in charge, the change might be just what Romo needs.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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