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Cowboys pleased with Brandon Weeden but will look, too

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Dallas Cowboys' offseason wouldn't be complete without some talk about the backup quarterback.

Brandon Weeden is going into the final year of his deal as Tony Romo's backup, and Dustin Vaughan, an undrafted free agent in 2014, was active for just one game.

The Cowboys will never say never when looking to add a veteran quarterback, but Jason Garrett was pleased with Weeden's development in 2014.

He played in four games and finished with three touchdown passes and two interceptions. In his one start with Romo recovering from two transverse process fractures, Weeden completed 18 of 33 passes for 183 yards with a touchdown and two picks in a 28-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“You're always trying to upgrade your football team,” Garrett said. “Obviously, we feel really good about Tony. He had an outstanding year for us last year. Brandon did a really nice job in his opportunities. If you look at what he did -- he played in (four) games, (three) he came in relief for us and the one game he started we didn't play our best game on offense. But it was against a really good defensive team in Arizona. We still feel like he's a young player who needs to play more. He's really growing before our eyes. We like what Dustin Vaughn did in the preseason. He is a smart kid. He is really conscientious. He wants to be a good football player and works very hard at it. He's one of those guys, too, a young player and you can see him get better with every rep that he gets. He is going about it the right way. We think he's got a future.”

The Cowboys have not drafted a quarterback since taking Stephen McGee in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. Executive vice president Stephen Jones believes, along with Romo, that the Cowboys' starter has four or five more years left.

“That's a lot of time,” Jones said.

So that makes it unlikely the Cowboys will look for Romo's successor in the draft in the spring. It doesn't mean they won't possibly look at a veteran at some point as a backup.

“Everybody is always competing in this league,” Jones said. “There is nobody guaranteed anything. That includes Weeden and everybody. (Will McClay's) goal, my goal is to always -- if we can - bring in another player and if makes more sense, we have to look at it.”