Brandon George: He put so much work into coming back and getting himself ready to play in a game. I thought he’d try to make a run at least somewhere — he’s such a competitive guy. He wants a Super Bowl ring. He’s talked about that before, how important it is to him, so from that aspect I was surprised. But he had to think about his health and … in the end it got to the point where he really had more networks going after him than NFL teams. Romo didn’t go out on his own terms last season when Dak took the job. This is a way he wanted to go out on his own terms and be able to kind of control the message and what he’s going to do with his career.
Could Tony Romo play again?
Brandon George: He had the hour-long conference call from CBS and not once did he mention retirement. Several times in the conference call he talked about how he was committed to CBS. What does it all mean? He’s Tony Romo, he’s competitive, you’ve got to think guys will call him during the season if they lose their starting QB. Is he going to play again? Well, there wasn’t that much interest this time around. It makes the most sense to play right now if he’s going to try to play again.
How much longer will Jason Witten play?
Brandon George: When the contract extension was announced, there was a level of surprise because I thought that this may be the last year for Jason Witten. The bottom line to me is I kind of agree that it is a four-year extension, so he’s signed through 2021. I think that he could play another two years and then maybe call it quits. He’s going to retire a Dallas Cowboy, so really the contract details are not important because it’s going to come off the books when he retires. I can’t ever see him playing for another team. He said he wants to retire a Cowboy, and I think he really means that.
Cowboys could’ve matched Carr and Claiborne’s contracts but chose not to because …
Brandon George: I thought the Cowboys would make a run at signing one of those guys. I really felt like they had a chance to bring one of them back. … Carr you can count on to start every game every season. [He] never misses a game. He’s really solid and actually played some last year he was singled up with the opposing team’s best receiver. It’s a big loss, really, for a Brandon Carr-type. He didn’t have the interception numbers you’d like … but I still think it’s going to be a significant loss.
Was drafting Zeke over Jalen Ramsey a good idea?
Brandon George: I thought they were going to take Ramsey. I look back at it [and] it makes all the sense in the world what they did by taking Zeke. It’s easy to say now. He turned in one of the best rookie seasons by a running back in NFL history. He’s a guy who can do it all [and] you can build around him. So it’s easy to sit here now today and say, ‘Well they’ve lost all these defensive backs. Should they have taken Ramsey?’ I still say no. I understand the fact that you can build around Ramsey as well, a guy that’s an elite cornerback that can be an elite guy in this league. But still if you got a running back who is supposed to be one of the most special running backs to come along in several years you take that pick and you don’t really hesitate.
Should Cowboys draft for need or best available?
Brandon George: To me, I think the plan should always be go best player available. But if it’s close, if it’s not far off, if it’s a tie the tiebreaker has to be the need factor. And the need factor is clearly defense and pass rushers. So if it’s close I think you need to go pass rusher. If there is a clear cut best player out there when you pick [at] 28; if there is this tight end who could be your future Pro Bowl tight end or receiver that’s fallen in the draft that could possibly be a No. 1 receiver down the line for you I have no problem for them taking that kind of player at 28 and then trying to get a pass rusher in the second or third round. That wouldn’t bother me at all.