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Jones seems to slam the door on picking Manziel

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With the draft two days away and the Cowboys holding the 16th overall pick, speculation remains that owner/G.M. Jerry Jones will try to make a play for quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Not so, says Jones.

“I”m not that gunned up over what a rookie quarterback could do for us this year,” Jones said Tuesday, via Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “That takes time. This is not rebuilding time.”

So does that mean the Cowboys can rule out using a first-round pick on a quarterback?

“It does not qualify for the biggest need,” Jones said.  “I will go as far as to say it is not our primary goal in the first round to be looking at a quarterback.  We’ve got a good one.”

It’s hardly a categorical denial.  While drafting a quarterback may not be the “primary goal,” it technically could still be the secondary goal.

At this point in the process, it’s impossible to believe what anyone says so close to the draft.  If Jones doesn’t want a quarterback, he has no reason to say so.  In fact,it would make more sense to suggest he wants one, in the hopes a team drafting lower than No. 16 jumps the Cowboys to take a player the Cowboys wouldn’t taken.

Actually, the biggest reason for saying Jones doesn’t want a quarterback in the first round could be to conceal the fact that, in reality, he does.

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67 Responses to “Jones seems to slam the door on picking Manziel”
  1. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: May 6, 2014 10:55 PM

    Why don’t you leak your draft board again to prove it?

  2. snaponrules says: May 6, 2014 10:55 PM

    ” We’ve got a good one.”

    I thought they still had Romo, did I miss a trade?

  3. sportzpig says: May 6, 2014 10:55 PM

    Do it Jerrah, you know you want to…

    Blow up your next three drafts just to make a big splash and sell three bazillion #2 jerseys..

  4. succulentnipples says: May 6, 2014 10:58 PM


  5. tampabaybucsman says: May 6, 2014 11:04 PM

    No matter who Jerry drafts at No. 16, one thing remains for certain: Pick 16 will be a bust

  6. wayneflores says: May 6, 2014 11:05 PM

    BS…Romo is done. Won’t play again. Even if he does, he’s always been a joke.
    Orton is done with also, his overpaid ads won’t even come to camp.
    Jones could only pray that Johnny Football falls to the Cowboys. He’d rip a stitch on his face if he did , and sign him in a second.

  7. guachosporlife says: May 6, 2014 11:05 PM

    Manziel, Romo, Aikman, Staubach…doesn’t matter. No defense, no wins.

  8. speedback says: May 6, 2014 11:06 PM

    Jerry the Jackwagon! Hate him! I hope they draft Manziel and toil in the NFC East basement for years to come!

  9. aggie1876 says: May 6, 2014 11:06 PM

    Rams will take Manziel at 2 because Bradford ain’t the answer. I hope the Bucks trade up to get him b/c Fisher is a defensive coach and will not let Manziel loose and will likely put him on the field way too early only to let him fail.

    The Texans are going to screw up their draft once again….. and that is because the owner thinks he knows football… much like ‘Jerrah’ but just not so flashy or open about it.

    Do us Texans fans a favor Mr. McNair… stay out of the draft room…. no phone calls…. no texts….. no handlers… no yes men.

  10. bucrightoff says: May 6, 2014 11:08 PM

    Jerry trades Romo and their first to Houston to go to #1, Romo immediately leads the Texans to the Super Bowl and the Manziel goes JaMarcus.

  11. chargerdillon says: May 6, 2014 11:12 PM

    They’ve got a good one?

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: May 6, 2014 11:12 PM

    Jerry Jones doesn’t think this group of gbs are good?

    Every front office in the NFL: Back to the drawing board boys. We have to reevaluate everything.

  13. shaggeez says: May 6, 2014 11:14 PM

    Too bad for the cowboys there are no general managers that declared for the draft

  14. skoobyfl says: May 6, 2014 11:15 PM

    Spotty play doesn’t equal at good QB.

  15. bennyb82 says: May 6, 2014 11:23 PM

    Romo gets a lot of flack, but he is one of the better QBs in the league. There is no reason to go in a different direction. Dallas should address the defense. I am not sure exactly what they need on defense, but if Clinton-Dix is still available I think he could be a good pick.

  16. jaggedmark says: May 6, 2014 11:25 PM

    “This is not rebuilding time?” Then what the hell time is it Mr. 8-8 every year?

  17. filthymcfunny1 says: May 6, 2014 11:28 PM

    The packers are drafting manziel to help sell tickets,peanuts and popcorn!

  18. r502 says: May 6, 2014 11:30 PM

    Not his call to draft Johnny Football. Jones does not have enough to offer picks wise. And no one is interested in the dreck on the roster Jones might try and toss in. Jones would need currency and skills to pull off a trade to get a player out of his reach. He has neither

  19. gbatap says: May 6, 2014 11:32 PM

    Drafting for need in the first round isn’t exactly the formula for success Jerry.

  20. nflhof says: May 6, 2014 11:32 PM

    Jerra needs to fire his GM right now

  21. nomoreseasontix says: May 6, 2014 11:34 PM

    Or…. He’s saying he doesn’t to make others believe he does, while in reality he doesn’t.
    Fiendishly clever….

    Wake me up Thursday.

  22. jerrysglassescleaner says: May 6, 2014 11:42 PM

    A college icon playing for the league’s most popular franchise? Oh Manziel is a target alright. Jerry likes the big splash and this will solve a problem finding the Future HOF Tony Romo’s successor. Im all for this kid staying in NFC Texas.

  23. hyzers says: May 6, 2014 11:52 PM

    Jerrah ain’t gunned up.

  24. bert1913 says: May 6, 2014 11:53 PM

    in jerry’s world he already has a hof qb

  25. rayb47 says: May 6, 2014 11:53 PM

    This is a misdirection play Jerry called from his suite in “Jerry’s World.” The Cowboys now being billed as the “Greatest Show on Turf” will have everyone laughing with his comical haphazard attempt to run a football team.

  26. polarbear71 says: May 6, 2014 11:54 PM

    Your G.M. and your grandson Roger Goodell sucks.

  27. warjag55 says: May 6, 2014 11:54 PM

    Jonsey you been rebuilding for 11 years

  28. craniator says: May 6, 2014 11:55 PM

    Jerry Jones is a man in denial ; that’s the bad news.
    The good news is , he really , truly believes his team has a chance to win a championship every single year. It’s hard to knock him for that , but very easy to question his methodology fir trying to get there.

  29. letsberealpeople says: May 6, 2014 11:57 PM

    Romo to the Vikes!

  30. hurricanegrabowski says: May 7, 2014 12:01 AM

    Jerry Jones doesn’t always smoke, but when he does, he smokescreens.

  31. footballtalk1 says: May 7, 2014 12:06 AM

    Translation- welcome to Dallas Johnny

  32. stealthjunk says: May 7, 2014 12:08 AM

    All these stories about Manziel make me long for the time that Tebow was a free agent and you went down the list of teams that were/were not interested in him.

  33. beerbudsnbevo says: May 7, 2014 12:10 AM

    Believe him all the way up until Johnny Football falls to 16…

    Then we’ll see.

  34. 1harrypairatesties says: May 7, 2014 12:11 AM

    Jerry Jones you are a tool & so is your overrated/overpaid choker quarterback. No playoffs for you again this year.

  35. mfearin says: May 7, 2014 12:29 AM

    Every GM understands it’s in their and their fellow GMs best interest to keep things close to the vest. This could just as easily be Jerry Jones misrepresenting a misrepresentation.

    So, to clear things up, Jerry may be interested in a first round QB. Or not. Or maybe.

  36. corkspop says: May 7, 2014 12:39 AM

    Cowboys move up to pick Manziel.

  37. theheyseed says: May 7, 2014 12:47 AM

    We love you Jerra, Please keep talking.

  38. fordmandalay says: May 7, 2014 12:49 AM

    Please God, let the draft come at last and end all this crap

  39. axx1 says: May 7, 2014 12:50 AM

    Youre biggest need is a new gm jerry
    Too bad you cant draft one

  40. Ground Chuck says: May 7, 2014 12:55 AM

    It’s official. No one will be taking Johnny Manziel in the 2014 Draft.

  41. SAV says: May 7, 2014 1:34 AM

    Manziel would be a perfect apprentice to Romo

  42. mschurm1 says: May 7, 2014 1:38 AM

    The Cowboys will trade their 2nd and 3rd round picks to move up a few slots and select Manziel.

  43. 1harrypairatesties says: May 7, 2014 1:49 AM

    Helllllllllllooooooooo !!!

  44. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 7, 2014 1:56 AM

    He’s correct, this isn’t rebuilding time. It’s the time to have a team that misses the playoffs after losing in week 17.


  45. onbucky96 says: May 7, 2014 2:18 AM

    Shenanagins. Jerra saw the train wreck of QBs after Aikmsn retired. Jerra no doubt noticed the Packers took Rodgers even though The Texter still could play. If Manzel is there@16, Manzel becomes a Cowboy. Yee-ha.

  46. kingpel says: May 7, 2014 4:21 AM

    Jerry Jones obviously has no idea how to play this game as a GM. You can coddle Romo AFTER the draft. Enter it with anything seeming possible.

  47. firerogergoodellnow says: May 7, 2014 7:00 AM

    And he’s also slammed the door on hiring a GM.

  48. deadeye says: May 7, 2014 7:07 AM

    All this pre-draft talk is a mystery wrapped in a riddle smothered in secret sauce. There are grains of truth, but they are only seen as such in hindsight.

    Dallas has a 34 year old QB coming off back surgery. There is plenty of reason to think that if the right QB was available they would take him. I think Manziel and Bortles with both be gone long before Dallas picks though.

  49. dfwhawkguy says: May 7, 2014 7:10 AM

    Ok. So basically the Cowboys are definitely taking Manziel. Got it.

  50. handsofsteelhartofstone says: May 7, 2014 7:29 AM

    it doesn’t matter. the cowgirls are still goong to stink as long as jones has anything to do with the team. he got extremely lucky in the 90’s. should have riden into the sunset after super bowl 30

  51. craigkintexas says: May 7, 2014 7:37 AM

    The only time I can tell when Jerry is stretching the truth is when his lips are moving.

  52. paulsmith107 says: May 7, 2014 7:47 AM

    I’m sure he would take Johnny football if he were there but he can’t and knows it. He has to go defense he knows this if he didn’t have such a horrible d he would certainly take him at 16

  53. yooperman says: May 7, 2014 8:15 AM

    That Jones is one crafty GM. The owner must be so proud of hiring him.

  54. lawyermalloy says: May 7, 2014 8:18 AM

    Having a QB with back issues (two surgeries in 2 years) Jone better be looking for a QB. Than again, we’re talking about Jerry Jones.

  55. eaglesw00t says: May 7, 2014 8:52 AM

    Maybe thats why Jerrys team is .500 over the last several years.

    You shouldnt be going into the draft with any goal other than picking the BPA. Selecting based on need alone leads to bad teams, like the one Andy Reid left in 2012.

  56. atlfan31833 says: May 7, 2014 8:55 AM

    NFL Draft-apedia…

    They don’t want him = They want him
    They want him = They want someone to move up and take him so that the guy they really want moves down

  57. paulsmith107 says: May 7, 2014 9:18 AM

    Drafting bpa doesn’t always make you a good team and drafting need doesn’t make you a bad team. It’s a give and take if your guys aren’t there and the bpa rates higher than a need well you take bpa but if lets say Donald drops and so does Johnny football you don’t take the bpa which would be the qb. Either way you aren’t a gm and if you were so smart you would be one

  58. kmartin173 says: May 7, 2014 9:21 AM

    I hope he’s just bluffing. They’ve already wasted 8 years on Romo with nothing to show for it and have another 3-5 that are going to be wasted if they don’t make some kind of move.

    Romo will never win anything of consequence in the NFL, he just doesn’t have what it takes.

  59. r8rsfan says: May 7, 2014 10:10 AM

    So you’ve got a diva, bonehead, self-promoting WR in Bryant, let’s add a guy just like him at the QB position? Looks like a recipe for disaster.

  60. Waxxx4321 says: May 7, 2014 10:16 AM

    I Think Jerry Jones has Dementia.

  61. joekuze says: May 7, 2014 10:42 AM

    Cowboys can’t trade Romo. They would have a cap hit of $29M. At minimum he’s not going anywhere until 2015 ($9M hit) and probably not even then.

  62. northernwisc says: May 7, 2014 11:01 AM

    It’s laughable reading all these comments about the Cowboys drafting terribly. It is obvious none of those posters have looked to the Cowboys drafts as of late……Last year was solid despite everyone bashing them for taking Travis Frederick. They identified a need, moved back in the draft and still got the guy they wanted – and who through one year has proved to be solid.

  63. redsoxu571 says: May 7, 2014 11:27 AM

    So let me get this straight…when there was talk that Dallas wanted Manziel, everyone took it as straight, and NOBODY (especially Mr. Florio) considered it a smokescreen.

    Now Jones says he’s not looking QB…and you’re just going to assume that NOW it’s misdirection?

    I think Jones is playing you like a fiddle. You’re wishing with your heart instead of thinking with your head.

  64. granadafan says: May 7, 2014 11:48 AM

    The Cowboy’s GM is excellent at his job and deserves to be signed to a lifetime contract.


    The rest of the league

  65. ronin36 says: May 7, 2014 12:00 PM

    I think Jerrah might indeed be thinking QB..

    Bottom line, if the Cowboys pick a QB in the first three rounds, it’s going to be a circus. “Quarterback Controversy”..

    And we all know Jerry’s motto. “any press is good press” so the circus of a QB controversy would be a press feeding frenzy.

  66. bluenose1965 says: May 7, 2014 12:10 PM

    Rebuilding? Don’t you technically have to have been built, to be rebuilding?

    8-8 Jerry. Keep up the great work.

  67. mybudboy says: May 7, 2014 1:25 PM

    Gosh, I can’t wait for college football to start.

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