When the Denver Broncos come to town on Sunday, Dallas fans will get to see the best quarterback in the NFL in Peyton Manning. But Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones says signing Manning in free agency last year wouldn’t have been the right move for the Cowboys.
Jones said on KRLD-FM in Dallas that after the Colts cut Manning last year, the Cowboys weren’t interested in signing him. In Jones’s opinion, the Cowboys already have the franchise quarterback they need with Tony Romo.
“I was so committed to Romo, so committed to his future,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Of course, Peyton has been a friend for a long time and someone we respect a lot. There were a lot of moving parts during that particular time. The real reason it didn’t work out is because we are as committed as we are to Tony.”
Romo is playing well this season, and perhaps when it’s all said and done Romo will justify Jones’s faith in him. Still, it’s hard to deny that if Jones had been able to convince Manning to sign with the Cowboys, it would have been the best move he ever made as a general manager.