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Dallas Cowboys to interview Cam Newton but Tony Romo not in danger

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With news that the Dallas Cowboys are preparing to interview Cam Newton at the NFL Scouting Combine, there is no indication that Tony Romo is in danger of losing his job as the starting quarterback.

The decision to interview Newton is more of a "due diligence" move than anything else by representatives form Dallas. Two members of the Cowboys told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the team were planning on speaking with the 2010 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback in the next few days. Many draft analysts feel that Dallas has other position needs that can be addressed at their current draft position and with a Pro Bowl quarterback already on the roster there appears to be little need for a rookie quarterback with a first round draft pick in Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys are slated to pick ninth overall in April's NFL Draft. Newton is expected to be drafted before Dallas comes up in a number of mock drafts but should he drop to at least ninth in the draft Dallas may be tempted to pick him up and add him to the roster. It is more likely that Dallas will lean towards improving on defense in the first round, with Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn, and Alabama defensive end Marcel Dareus being named as leading candidate for the Cowboys by draft analysts.

What is making Newton an attractive option for potential NFL teams is his athleticism. He is a gifted passer but has some flaws in his technique and motion, which he has worked on in the off-season and will demonstrate in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine. With this year's draft pool being considered a weak year for quarterbacks Newton stands out as the most dynamic player available. His speed and grit could be used to convert him in to another position, but Newton is determined to stay at quarterback despite what some say about his NFL future.

Romo's 2010 season started slowly and was brought to an end on October 25 in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Romo left the game with a broken left clavicle and was sidelined for the remainder of the regular season as the Cowboys finished up a season that far from met preseason expectations and hype. It was not until December 21 that Romo was placed on injury reserve, which made him ineligible for the entire season.

Newton led Auburn to a 14-0 record and a BCS National Championship, but the Heisman Trophy winner's season was plagued by off-season rumors and controversy. Newton's father, Cecil, was discovered to have accepted money during his son's recruitment by boosters for Mississippi State.

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