With Tony Romo sidelined for at least eight weeks with a broken clavicle, a lot of NFL quarterbacks – past and present – are probably hoping for a phone call, including Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton and, yes, Brady Quinn.
The former Heisman finalist and first-round draft pick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012. For his career, he completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 3,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 24 games – 14 with Cleveland and 10 with Kansas City.
Now 30, Quinn would love another crack at the NFL.
“Yeah, but look, it’s got to be mutual interest,” the CBSSports.com NFL analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It can’t just be one guy pursuing the other. That’s always what it comes down to in the NFL. There’s a ton of players who want that opportunity, but Dallas will be the ones to determine which selected few get that opportunity.”
For now, it seems that Brandon Weeden will get his. Weeden, 31, was a first-round draft pick in 2012. He spent two years in Cleveland and played in 23 games, throwing 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He signed with Dallas last year and played in five games for the Cowboys after Romo suffered a back injury.
After Romo’s clavicle injury, Weeden’s services are needed once more.
“I think Brandon Weeden will do a good job,” Quinn said. “He obviously played well in the small amount of time he was in the game (on Sunday).”
Weeden was 7-of-7 for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 20-10 win over the Eagles in Philadelphia, the big play coming on a 42-yard pass to Terrance Williams.
The Cowboys, it seems, didn’t miss a beat.
“I think really for him, he benefited a ton from Tony Romo’s back injury last year being able to take so many reps with the ones that I think he feels pretty comfortable going into this scenario,” Quinn said of Weeden. “He’s got such a good rapport with the wide receivers – Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten because he’s been there before with those guys. The offensive line has heard his cadence, so it’s not foreign to them. I don’t think they’re going to jump offsides a bunch. So I think Brandon Weeden’s got a really good opportunity to show what he’s capable of. I don’t think he had that when he was drafted into Cleveland.”