How close was Johnny Manziel to becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys? Extremely close, at least according to a new book which describes the moments leading up to the Dallas Cowboys first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Many assumed that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pounce on the enigma that is Johnny Manziel, especially after the Texas A&M quarterback began his slide. Alas, the Dallas Cowboys opted to go a different way and Jerry Jones suggested that Manziel wasn’t really much of an option.
Or was he?
According to Jim Dent, author of “Manziel Mania” (via the Dallas Morning News), the Dallas Cowboys nearly drafted Johnny Manziel though Jones’ son, Stephen, prevented such a move from happening.
“As it turned out, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad’s hand. Otherwise, Jerry would have drafted him and JFF would have sat for at least three years behind Tony Romo.”
It’s difficult to tell where Dent received his information and it’s unlikely we’ll never know the full truth behind what happened in the Dallas Cowboys war room that evening, though it’s not exactly shocking to hear that Jerry Jones was on the Manziel train.
For what it’s worth, Jerry Jones has been an adamant supporter of Tony Romo throughout his career and it does seem a little odd to think Jones would have been okay pushing Romo out the door in favor of Manziel, though Johnny Football would have been something to see in Big D.