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Stephen Jones on Manziel: We haven’t sorted out the quarterbacks yet

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If the Cowboys were interested in drafting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel next month, you wouldn’t expect anyone from the team to confirm it publicly.

There has been talk about reported interest, however, and that means the question is going to be asked. Executive vice president Stephen Jones got it during an appearance on KRLD on Monday and was predictably vague. He said that making a call on Manziel will require the team to make their assessments of all the draft’s quarterbacks and he says that’s something the team hasn’t done yet.

There’s not anything I can say about it,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We haven’t quite gotten into sorting out the quarterbacks yet, that will come, in terms of finalizing our board.”

As mentioned during our look at Dallas’ draft needs, quarterback is a position that the Cowboys could address with one of their 11 picks. Tony Romo is 34 and coming off back surgery, which has to make you at least consider a succession plan that includes a more appealing option for the future than Brandon Weeden, Caleb Hanie or the possibly retiring Kyle Orton.

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26 Responses to “Stephen Jones on Manziel: We haven’t sorted out the quarterbacks yet”
  1. lucimorland says: Apr 28, 2014 3:54 PM

    Doesn’t Romo cost $900000 million against the cap, thanks to that awesome contract Jones gave him? Can’t see how you get rid of him with that albatross hanging over the payroll.

    At the same time, what makes Jones think Manziel would be happy to sit and learn behind a Richard Gere lookalike with a bad back?

    Dude wants to play and get that second contract, not sit on his rear and watch the Cowboys lose.

  2. cakesw says: Apr 28, 2014 3:59 PM

    Yeah… it’s 11 Days before the draft !! Plenty of time for evaluating QB’s or any other position….

    Take your time….

    Don’t most clubs generally huddle over lunch the day before and then set up their draft boards ???

    No need to fuss over actually evaluating now !!!

    America’s team is JUST FINE !!!!

  3. 4ever19 says: Apr 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    Snap up Jimmy G. You could have one EIU Panther succeed another. Has a certain appeal in a legacy sort of way, don’t all y’all think?

  4. luz56 says: Apr 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    Well if you haven’t sorted it out yet then that explains the last 20 years

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    It’s a poker game right now and everyone is lying and not showing their hand.

    But just look at the facts. At QB they have a 34 year old Romo after a second back surgery, Brandon Weeden, Caleb Hanie, and Orton is thinking about retirement.

    If they aren’t thinking about signing the electrifying Johnny football, the need to get on it!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    Steph hasn’t got around to sorting these guys out yet. “Manziel, is he the one whose older brother player in the league, or the guy who tore his ACL? There’s so many of them it’s hard to keep track, but we’ll get around to it one of these days…”.

  7. dalcow4 says: Apr 28, 2014 4:03 PM

    Trade Romo to one of the top 5 (except Rams, who apparently still believe in Bradford) and grab Manziel.

  8. texansdude says: Apr 28, 2014 4:04 PM

    Isn’t Brandon Weedn OLDER than Tony Romo?

  9. darocnessmonsta says: Apr 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    this is all a power move to trade back to gain more picks trust me I seen this by the Cowboys so many times I can see a team that need Manziel more trading with Dallas to get that second 1 round pick, the Cowboys believe this draft is filled with alot of defensive Talent but most arent 1 round picks

  10. Remember Brian Brohm says: Apr 28, 2014 4:10 PM

    Clearly moving the draft back two weeks was a good move because every NFL executive you talk to says they aren’t ready for the draft yet. Makes you wonder how they did it in previous years.

  11. ijahru says: Apr 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    “We haven’t quite gotten into sorting out the quarterbacks yet,

    That right there is why the Cowboys are just average at best. They let Ware go because they mismanaged the CAP and now they don’t even have their board ready. The draft is usually held by now. What an embarassment.

  12. inchipwetrust says: Apr 28, 2014 4:19 PM

    When playing poker, it helps to not sound like a moron.

  13. olcap says: Apr 28, 2014 4:20 PM

    And Aikman just said that he’s concerned about Romo’s back condition.

    If Jerry wants Johnny Football, it doesn’t matter if he’s on any board or if he went through a grand exercise in evaluating ALL the QBs, or any of that crap. If Jerry wants him, and I think he does, he’ll gp after him regardless of what his son says.

  14. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 28, 2014 4:33 PM

    Hey aren’t you the royal eye glass cleaner for Jerry Steven?! Quit acting like you evaluate anything Daddy has already signed elite talent like Weeden and Caleb Hanie. Enjoy the cellar Dallas!

  15. bpjensen says: Apr 28, 2014 4:51 PM

    There is a line were being coy sounds like stupid and you just crossed it Stephen.

  16. greeksensation says: Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    dalcow4 says:
    Apr 28, 2014 4:03 PM
    Trade Romo to one of the top 5 (except Rams, who apparently still believe in Bradford) and grab Manziel.

    Closing the 825 point gap required to get from 19 to 5 would cost Dallas their whole draft.

    Asking a team in the top 5 to take on a 34 year old broken and overpaid QB as part of the deal would cost a lot more!

  17. slugbaitspace says: Apr 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    After that absolutely brilliant admission, the ‘boys have no other choice now than to sell the farm to move up the draft and take him if they want him.

  18. St. Louis City of Champions says: Apr 28, 2014 5:15 PM

    Sam Bradford>Brandon Meeden> Jhony MeZel>RGMe

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    This revelation just makes me feel sad for the Cowboys.

  20. greeksensation says: Apr 28, 2014 5:24 PM

    greeksensation says:
    Apr 28, 2014 5:07 PM
    dalcow4 says:
    Apr 28, 2014 4:03 PM
    Trade Romo to one of the top 5 (except Rams, who apparently still believe in Bradford) and grab Manziel.

    Closing the 825 point gap required to get from 19 to 5 would cost Dallas their whole draft.

    Asking a team in the top 5 to take on a 34 year old broken and overpaid QB as part of the deal would cost a lot more!

    16, my apologies. Either way, nobody wants those six 7 round draft picks anyway. Your 1, 2, 3, 4, and next years 3 sounds about right to me!

  21. trollaikman8 says: Apr 28, 2014 5:36 PM

    “We haven’t evaluated QB’s” is likely smokescreen but I’d bet $100M contract that Jerry gets precum at the thought of having a Manziel at QB….if only for the merchandise sales and all the local sports fan petro-dollars that he would be poaching from the Texans/Stars/Maverick’s/etc, the ESPN SportsCenter coverage and corporate sponsorship opportunities with just Axe Body Spray and the Bail Bonds industry alone.

    Stephen Jones, sadly, may be the voice of reason that can influence and remind the old man that the defense played a Jr College level last year and that they need to draft DL for the next decade….and that every year there will be a phenomenal college QB (with an old-man’s face), that will drop to the #16 spot (because 8-8) because of character issues.

  22. jerruhjones says: Apr 28, 2014 5:47 PM

    Translation: Dadduh Jerruh hasn’t told me who we’re picking yet.

  23. drs76109 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:03 PM

    McCarron is the much better choice for Dallas, if they choose to draft a QB. Game management and maturity. Of course, he wouldn’t be coming into the best coaching situation though…

  24. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 28, 2014 6:17 PM

    Weeden is the best deep-ball thrower on the team.

  25. igotgamenj says: Apr 28, 2014 6:19 PM

    Tony Romo 11 years with the Cowboys 1 playoff win… Nuff Said

  26. jayovalentine says: Apr 28, 2014 7:20 PM

    I love the Jones family! #HTTR

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