Starter -- Tony Romo (28) [6 years/$67 million]
Backup -- Brad Johnson (39) [3 years/$7.5 million]
Practice squad -- Richard Bartel (24)
Make no mistake, Tony Romo had the best season of any quarterback in Cowboys history as he made the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.
On the season, the 24-year old former Eastern Illinois quarterback completed 335-of-520 passes for 4,211 yards, 36 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also rushed for 31 times for another 129 yards and two scores.
For his efforts, the Cowboys signed him to a six-year deal worth approximately $67 million, clearly meaning Dallas expects Romo to be the quarterback of the present and the future.
Romo remains the future of the Dallas Cowboys despite the fact for the second straight year, his numbers declined down the stretch. He had a 54.1 quarterback rating in the final four games, including the playoffs and the Cowboys were 1-3 in those contests.
Romo will also be remembered for the trip to Mexico with celebrity girlfriend Jessica Simpson and the game-ending turnover in a playoff loss for the second straight year.
Focus and finishing are what Romo needs to work on for next season. Still, the Cowboys feel as though Romo will be their starting quarterback for the next eight to 10 seasons, barring injury and his future looks very bright.
Behind Romo, the Cowboys currently have a veteran signal caller in Brad Johnson.
Despite his experience in a league that is lacking at the quarterback position, according to multiple sources, TheRanchReport.com is hearing Johnson will likely not be back with the team in 2008.
In training camp it was clear he was lacking arm strength and while he does provide somewhat of an insurance policy given the fact he's been in the league so long (16 years) and won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, the Cowboys believe they can get younger talent behind Romo that would be better suited for their offense.
Keep in mind Johnson is set to turn 40 during the first week of the 2008 season.
Not surprisingly, there should be plenty of options to choose from this offseason.
The top available free agent quarterback in this year's class is Cleveland's Derek Anderson. The 24-year old put together a phenomenal first year as a starter for the Browns, almost leading his team to the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 10-6 record.
However, the Cowboys will not be in the picture here. Anderson is a clear starter and Dallas obviously needs a backup and would be unwilling to pay the kind of money needed to sign Anderson away from the Browns.
Two names to watch out for would be Cleo Lemon, a former starter with the Dolphins, and Oakland quarterback Josh McCown. Both are unrestricted free agents and both could be signed for the right price.
Lemon completed 173-of-309 passes (56 percent) for 1,773 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions last season for the Dolphins in nine games. The 6-2, 215 pound signal caller has four years of experience since leaving Arkansas State for the NFL and could likely be signed at a bargain. He also offers some mobility, especially in short-yardage and goal line situations.
Meanwhile McCown also saw action in nine games last season, completing 111-of-190 (58 percent) passes for 1,151 yards 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Lemon was undrafted out of college while McCown was taken in the third round (81st overall) of the 2002 draft.
Given the fact that Dallas is approximately $20 million under the cap this year, the Cowboys can be somewhat aggressive in perusing the backup quarterback of their choice.
If Lemon or McCown opt to go elsewhere or re-sign with their respective clubs, Dallas could also look to Todd Collins (Washington), Quinn Gray (Jacksonville) or Shaun Hill (San Francisco) as viable options. All three are unrestricted free agents and could likely be signed for less than Lemon or McCown.
Two other well-known quarterbacks who will factor in free agency this year are Oakland QB Daunte Culpepper and Chicago's Rex Grossman. At this time, it is believed the Cowboys have no interest in either.
Regardless, given the fact the Cowboys clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs this season, and given the talent returning next season, owner Jerry Jones does not want to leave any stone unturned for next year.
And that includes quarterback, where TheRanchReport.com believes a new backup will be brought to Dallas in case Tony Romo were to go down to an injury next season.
Also keep in mind these former quarterbacks who are currently without a team:
Aaron Brooks - He finally had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers ear the end of the regular season. You would think with all of the bad quarterback play last season (see Carolina Panthers) that he would draw more interest. But for some reason, Brooks has a reputation for being aloof so that could be an indication why teams have shied away from him. Still, he would be excellent insurance for a team in need of an experienced backup.
Todd Bouman - Was waived by the St. Louis Rams recently and could handle the No. 2 role for certain systems.
Doug Johnson - Serviceable as a No. 2. Had a tryout for the Jacksonville Jaguars recently.
Mike McMahon - More of an athlete than a quarterback at this point. Had a tryout for the Miami Dolphins recently.
Rohan Davey - Strong-armed passer but lacks touch. Had a tryout for the Green Bay Packers. Drew Henson - Played just one season in the NFL with 18 passes attempted. Had a tryout with the Jacksonville Jaguars recently.
Koy Detmer - Has starting experience and can hold for kicks. Best used in No. 3 role. Was signed by the Minnesota Vikings recently but was waived after a few days.
* Scout.com's Adam Caplan also contributed to this report.
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