Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Cowboys couldn't afford to trade up in draft to get Johnny Manziel even if they needed to


The Dallas Cowboys have been known to be shakers and movers on draft day, but Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones says they won’t be trading up in the draft this year. Even if they were in need of a franchise quarterback, they couldn’t afford to trade up in the draft to pursue Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“We’ll never see him,” Jones told the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via the Dallas Morning News. “We couldn’t get there if we traded three drafts to get him. But he’s an outstanding player. The area I feel the best about our chances in is at our quarterback. And I feel that way for the next several years. The only exception to that being injury.”

Jones is referring to his confidence with Tony Romo at quarterback.

“I’m going to be specific,” Jones said. “I’m a big fan of his, a serious fan of his, as a football player, as a winner. I think it’s highly likely that he’s going to go to a club and since that is the most important position on the club, will elevate that club in the NFL.

“No doubt in my mind he’s going to be an outstanding NFL football player. But we have Tony Romo, and Tony Romo is our ticket. Manziel’s ready to go. He can hit the ground running, as we’ve seen what these clubs over the last two years have done with quarterbacks with unique skills. The coach is going to do it his way. It’s just amazing to see the skill level that he’s got and his intensity of competition.”

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  • ctcowboy1968

    Don’t need him. Absolutely can’t afford to mortgage the future on one player. How did this work out for the Redskins? One playoff victory or game? Now they have no high draft picks to save their team and Rams are stocking up. We need players that make an impact on the field now. Not players for the sidelines (we can’t trade Tony) or projects.

  • SmartThinking

    If he knew that then why’d he waste so much valuable time in interviews, dinners and photo ops with him when he could have better spent that valuable time interviewing legitimate Cowboys hopefuls?

  • David87124

    Due to size concerns I “think it is possible” to expect Manziel to drop into the 3rd round – JMO. Have official, not college height and weight figures been released at combine? He does however seem to have large hands and feet which is a plus:)