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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  • Daniel Tamez

    Jones built the team in the late 80s? Whatever credit Jones gets is for staying out of Jimmy Johnson’s way during that last draft of the 80s which did yield 4 cornerstones of the early 90s. I don’t know for sure but I wonder if Jones was 100% behind the idea to trade Walker. Based on subsequent idiocy displayed by Jones’ after he jettisoned Johnson maybe Jones may have wanted to hang on to Walker as he was pretty much all he had to put butts in the seats at the time. I could be wrong and Jones was all for letting the team bleed to death for new life later. Either way the great train robbery as some referred to the Walker trade led to the Lombardis 4 years later.

  • baronmwd

    I thought the worse thing the Cowboys could do in this draft is draft Johnny at 16. Then I saw this article and realized that absolutely worse thing that Dallas could do is trade up giving up valuable picks to get Johnny.

  • qb

    I believe Jones sees the potential for Houston to overtake his mediocre Cowboys to become the dominant legitimate franchise in Texas , shifting the fan base drastically by drafting Manziel.
    No matter your opinion on Manziel, one thing is clear ,.. Manziel equals money, and Jones is all about the money.