Sept 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms up before the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Dallas Cowboys will do anything to land Johnny Manziel


The Dallas Cowboys are always one of the most interesting teams in the NFL, and things could be taken up a few notches if they are the team that embraces Johnny Football and makes former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

There has been some growing buzz that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is interested in adding Manziel, and the latest comments by Jim Nantz seem to back up those claims.

“I can say this, he’s going to be the guy everyone wants to see. I’ve heard this rumor for a month — the Cowboys will figure out a way to get Manziel,” Nantz said, via ESPN Cleveland. “Wherever Manziel goes, there is going to be more clamoring about Johnny Manziel than there would be about Blake Bortles going No. 1 or (Jadeveon) Clowney going No. 1, or anyone else. This is a guy that there’s just a tremendous interest in everything he does.”

Dallas currently owns the No. 16 overall pick in this year’s draft, so they would likely need to trade up if they wanted to land Manziel.

Considering the willingness to trade during the draft that Jerry Jones has shown in past years, it certainly would not be out of the question to see the Cowboys attempt to make a splash.

There are concerns about Tony Romo’s back and his health as he continues to age, so securing Manziel would give the Cowboys a potential replacement that they could groom over the next two years.

Of course, if Manziel was on the roster, there would be plenty of attention focusing around him and the call for Manziel to start could come sooner rather than later.

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  • Scott.

    Worse news I’ve heard in a while. If he slides to 16 then maybe but personally I would look to trade that pick for a team that really wants JF and pick up a pick this year and maybe next year. They will have to figure out what to do with romo’s contract if they take JF.

    • baronmwd

      I’m afraid they are going to have to figure out what to do with is contract weather Johnny is on our team or not. I have a feeling we are going to be haunted by Romo ‘ s contract regardless.

      We will be haunted more if Romo’s back doesn’t hold up and we are stuck with his contract and we don’t have our future QB backing him up. Anyone think our future is in Weeden? i think not.

      • Scott.

        Agree romo’s contract will be a mess for the cap in the near future. They will have to address the qb position pretty quickly whether it’s this year in 2nd or 3rd round or next year.

  • David

    Of course this is stupid on so many levels. Unless the Cowboys brass is blowing smoke up everyones rears on Romo’s health then its just stupid to talk about Manziel on every level. For one his bust rate potential is very high because of slight frame. He does not exactly have a big arm and a great pocket presence and leaves the pocket to soon as plays are starting to develop. Lastly so they draft him and Romo stays healthy and plays at a high level for 3 more years. You have now had a 16th pick ride the bench for three years with no contribution to the team when this team has huge needs almost everywhere. If JJ even opens his mouth about Johnny they should tackle him, duck tape his mouth and hands and throw him into a storage closet until the 1st round is over.

  • jrcowboy49

    Manziel will be a bust and the Cowboys are not interested in this guy!

    • baronmwd

      Nothing is for certain in the nfl. If it was the Ryan Leaf would still be QBing in NFL. Manziel could be a future Hall of Famer. We just don’t know. I think probably 25% of players drafted in 1st round turn out to be bust. He may have bust potential but he also has a high reward side to him. JJ didn’t turn a 100 million dollar investment into a 2+billion dollar franchise. By being afraid of risk.

      If Johnny was to come to dallas it would be the most talked about story of the NFL. Also it would put Dallas back to #1 in merchandise sales. I assure you Jerry is interested. But that doesn’t mean Dallas would draft him.

  • baronmwd

    Trading up would be moronic. If he’s there at 16 and there isn’t a trade to be had then you have to consider it. Otherwise best move is to trade back far as far back as possible. Target Grappolo in 2nd, Savage in 3rd or Murray in 4th. Make no mistake that future QB is a need on this team. If not this season then next season it becomes a must have for us to draft. Which could cause us to reach or over pay in a trade up situation especially if the QB class 2015 isn’t as deep as 2014.