Johnny Manziel has been rumored to be desired by just about every team in the NFL and the rumors reached a new high earlier on Monday when Peter King wrote in his MMQB.com column that he was ‘buying the Dallas Cowboys interest’ in the Texas A&M star and Kerrville, Texas native home.
However, according to Jeff Sullivan the team will absolutely not draft Manziel in the draft.
For the record, I’m not guessing on the Cowboys not drafting Manziel. I was told absolutely no by the highest of authorities.
— Jeff Sullivan (@SullyBaldHead) April 28, 2014
I think it would be safe to assume that Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones is the “highest of authorities” and this isn’t a smokescreen.
With Tony Romo, 34, undergoing a second back surgery a developmental quarterback could be in the cards for the Cowboys, who signed Brandon Weeden to compete with Kyle Orton for the backup job, but you can forget about Manziel being groomed as Romo’s successor.
Drafting Manziel would be a sign that the team is rebuilding, something Jerry Jones has never admitted, and with Romo on the roster, Manziel would sit on the bench for a season at least until Romo and the Cowboys parted ways.
Manziel may be drafted as high as No. 1 to the Houston Texans or could slide all the way down to the Cleveland Browns at No. 26, but one thing that seems clear is that he won’t be going to the Cowboys at No. 16.