Weeden was released by the Browns on Wednesday, according to the team's official Twitter account, playing just two seasons for Cleveland after being selected No. 22 overall in the 2012 NFL draft.
The #Browns have released QB Brandon Weeden, the team announced Wednesday.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 12, 2014
During those two seasons, Weeden didn't exactly put up the best numbers. He played in 23 games, completing just 55.9 percent of his passes for 5,116 yards, 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, giving him a 71.8 passer rating.
Still, those numbers could be worse, and at 30 years old, Weeden still likely has plenty of football left in him. With experience as a starter, teams will take a look at Weeden as an emergency backup in the event their starting quarterback gets hurt, and that appears to be exactly what the Cowboys are planning to do.
ESPN's Todd Archer reported that the Cowboys had expressed interest in the 30-year-old quarterback, and if the team did decide to bring in Weeden, the move would make a lot sense.
Currently, the Cowboys already have a backup QB in Kyle Orton, who will be turning 32 years old next season. However, Orton is in the final year of a three-year deal worth $10.5 million, according to Spotrac, and given how much he's making, it's unlikely the team will use their club option to keep him through 2016.
Considering the fact that the Cowboys would lose nearly $3.4 million in dead cap space if they cut Orton, it seems unlikely that they'll release him if they do sign Weeden. This means that if the former Browns QB does come to Dallas, he'll likely be the third-string quarterback until 2015.
While the Cowboys aren't known to have three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, this year might be an exception. Romo is coming off of a back injury that kept him from playing in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, potentially costing them a shot at winning the NFC East and making the playoffs.
Should the Cowboys bring in Brandon Weeden?
While Romo should be healthy for next season, keeping a third quarterback is still a safe move in 2014, in the event he gets hurt once again. Dallas, then, won't have to bring in a 41-year-old quarterback like Jon Kitna at the last minute to be an emergency backup to Orton.
Weeden also would make sense as a natural fit with the Cowboys. He was teammates with Dez Bryant in 2008 and 2009 at Oklahoma State, and that connection with the team's top receiver could go a long way compared to other backups.
While Weeden may not have been a successful quarterback during his two seasons with the Browns, he has a chance to get a fresh start as a backup if the Cowboys decide to bring him in, and it would be a smart move for both sides.