Cowboys to speak with Cam Newton today

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cowboys are scheduled to conduct their interview with Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton today.

Cowboys officials say the talk with Newton is a case of doing their due diligence.

Dallas has the ninth pick of the first round and is expected to draft a defensive player. But speaking with Newton has raised all sorts of questions.

Jerry Jones wouldn't rule out drafting Newton but noted he's got no issues with the quarterback position, calling it outstanding. Of course, Tony Romo is coming off a broken left collarbone, but he has been cleared to throw passes.

The key for the Cowboys is thinking about the future.

A perfect example of this is the Green Bay Packers, who drafted Aaron Rodgers despite having Brett Favre at quarterback. Rodgers waited behind Favre for nearly three seasons before getting a chance to play.

Romo will be 33 when his contract ends in 2013.

The No. 2 quarterback, Jon Kitna, is 38 and on the last year of his deal.

Stephen McGee, No. 3 on the depth chart, started the regular season finale at Philadelphia and played the entire second half of the previous game at Arizona. The Cowboys like McGee's development, and how he plays in the preseason will determine just how much improvement he's made from 2010.

Drafting a quarterback at some point during the draft, whether its Newton or anyone else, is more about the future than anything the next two seasons.