The Cowboys told Andy Dalton they expect to set up a private workout with him soon. The TCU quarterback worked out for 26 teams, including the Cowboys, at his school's Pro Day on Friday. Dallas scouts Walter Juliff and Chris Hall both were at the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility.
It's no surprise the Cowboys have an interest in Dalton. A source in the front office said during the season that the Cowboys liked Dalton, who was 42-7 in his four-year career as a Horned Frog.
The Cowboys drafted Stephen McGee in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. They still are uncertain about exactly what they have in McGee, though the former Texas A&M star got to play in the final two regular-season games and showed some moxie. In one relief appearance and one start, McGee completed 22 of 44 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was at his best late in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Cardinals and a victory over the Eagles.
Backup Jon Kitna played well in Tony Romo's absence last season, but Kitna will be 39 years old in September. So it's possible the Cowboys could be looking to the future with McGee and a rookie as Romo's backups next season. (Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy's father works for the Cowboys, and the Cowboys are a big fan of Greg McElroy's as well.)
Dalton, who could be drafted as high as the second round, already has private workouts scheduled with the Browns, the Patriots and the Bears beginning next week. He drew 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Panthers quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to his workout Friday.
"I've been telling everybody, and this is true," said Jerry Rhome, a private quarterback coach who has been tutoring Dalton, "he is going to be still around and playing 12, 13 years from now. That's what I see. When you're looking for a quarterback, you're looking for a guy who can play 12, 13 years. Not just some flash in the pan. He's going to have longevity."
-- Charean Williams