Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms-up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Could the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones trade up to get Johnny Manziel?

Early in the Wednesday morning hours, Ed Werder of ESPN reported that should Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel fall to Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys at no. 16 in the NFL Draft next month, that the triggered would most certainly be pulled on bringing the former Heisman winner in to compete for the backup job, as well as potentially replace Tony Romo down the road.

Part of what led Werder to make this assessment was the fact that Jones was apparently “raving about Manziel” this past weekend in meetings with team officials.

So now the question must be asked, if Jones is really that in love with the prospect of bringing Manziel into Big D, could he also be mulling over the potential of bypassing the wait of seeing if he drops all the way to 16 and trading up in the order to get the potential future of the franchise?

When you take all factors into account, it can’t be ruled out.

Back in the late 80s, Jones built the Cowboys dynasty by way of the draft with the infamous Herschel Walker trade. So Jones is no stranger to what positives making a bold move in the draft could bring.

Then, there is the fact that not only has Romo just completed his second back surgery, but he’s 34-years-old. While there are no plans for retirement in the near future, every time a team plays the Cowboys, Romo has the bullseye squarely on his back. There’s no telling what one more vicious hit could possibly do.

Remember, Troy Aikman retired at 34 as well.

So in the grand scheme of things, what’s to stop the thought of Manziel selling out the largest stadium in the NFL on a consistent basis over the next few weeks from letting Jones make the ultimate move on Draft day?

Jerry just recently touted the Dallas Cowboys brand rather than their success on the field, and Manziel is a brand in and of himself.

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