Jim Dent has a new book coming out called “Manziel Mania.” In an excerpt released from the book, Dent says that Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones had the draft card for Johnny Manziel ripped from his hands by his son Stephen Jones.
Many were surprised that when Manziel was still available when the Cowboys were on the clock during the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft that Jerry and the Cowboys resisted drafting him. Jerry Jones is denying Dent’s account of how things went down and that Stephen ripped the card from his hands.
“We’re well aware that there are a lot of people looking at us in that room,” Jerry said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), as transcribed by Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “You’d think we could act a little more organized than that.”
While it might not of literally happened, it Jones did admit that it was basically what happened.
“Figuratively speaking it got close to that,” Jerry said. “It certainly was a big debate going on at no place else other than my mind.
“I didn’t talk to Jim, but he was privy too someone that had me read pretty good in there, because ultimately that was the problem, being behind Tony Romo for those years and whether or not that really was the best way to use that pick.
“As it turned out we used it on Zack Martin and it has absolutely been a feel good during this camp with what Martin has brought to the table with his protection and run blocking. So I like where we ended up, but there is no doubt about it, it was a long thought at least on my part. Stephen certainly had his ideas. The rest of the room had their ideas. We had given this a lot of consideration, both in the draft room and out of the draft room with numbers of people sitting around talking about it.”