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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the former Cleveland Browns quarterback has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, according to a team source. The team later made the move official. Weeden, 30, received a two-year contract for the league minimum. He still has $2.1 million guarantees on his rookie deal with the Browns.
Weeden met with the Cowboys on Monday, one week after the former first-round pick was released after two seasons in Cleveland in which he went 5-15 as a starter and posted a passer rating of 71.8. Kyle Orton is under contract to return as Tony Romo's backup, though the veteran is believed to be undecided about returning for another season.
Weeden acts as a cost-effective insurance policy for the Cowboys as they wait for official word on Orton. Even if Orton returns, the Cowboys potentially could keep three quarterbacks on their roster, something they haven't done since 2011. It's also possible the Cowboys look to trade Orton, who is regarded as one of the league's more capable backup QBs.
Weeden was in desperate need of a fresh start. Now he's got it.