When the 16th-overall pick in Thursday night’s draft came up and the Dallas Cowboys went on the clock, many believed they would use the selection on former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel as an eventual successor to starting quarterback Tony Romo.
Instead, the team select former Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin to help protect Romo.
Cowboys’ vice president Stephen Jones appeared on SiriusXM Radio Wednesday talk about why the team did not take a quarterback and explain Romo’s confidence.
“We did it, everybody had a visit with him along the way,” Jones said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. “Jerry [Jones, Cowboys owner/GM] included, myself included, and told him how this is his football team and how much we think of him and with all the rumors flying around not to pay attention to that. His response is, as you might expect from Tony, it was ‘Well if you decide to, it ain’t going to matter, there’s not anybody out there that can beat me out.’ ”
Romo completed 342 of 535 passes for 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.