Cowboys postpone QB decision for another year -- at least

IRVING, Texas -- Remember all that talk about the Dallas Cowboys looking in the draft for Tony Romo's possible successor or maybe even a future No. 2 quarterback?

It didn't happen.

The Cowboys had private workouts with Bryce Petty, Brett Hundley, Garrett Grayson and Sean Mannion but did not pull the trigger on any of them. They will add UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers as an undrafted free agent and will have South Alabama's Brandon Bridge in for a tryout at this weekend's rookie minicamp.

Grayson went the earliest, to the New Orleans Saints in the third round (No. 75 overall). Mannion, whose offensive coordinator last year at Oregon State was former Cowboys assistant John Garrett, went No. 89 overall to the St. Louis Rams.

Petty went No. 103 overall to the New York Jets, and Hundley went No. 147 overall to the Green Bay Packers.

Of the four quarterbacks they worked out, Petty drew the most interest from the Cowboys.

"All positions are always in the mix," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after the draft. "We evaluate guys, we put them up on the board and if it made sense for us at a particular time to take one of these quarterbacks who we liked, we'd be all in to take one. Same thing with the running back position. Same thing with the receiver position. For whatever reason, we liked guys on the board better and went ahead and pulled the trigger on them."

The Cowboys last used a draft pick on a quarterback in 2009 when they took Stephen McGee in the fourth round. The Cowboys have drafted only three quarterbacks since taking Troy Aikman No. 1 overall in the 1989 draft: Billy Musgrave (fourth round, 1991) and Quincy Carter (second round, 2001). They took Steve Walsh with the first pick of the 1989 supplemental draft.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said before the draft the Cowboys have to start the process on finding Romo's successor soon.

It won't be until 2016 at the earliest.