Don Banks supplied it, and agent Erik Burkhardt denied it.
PFT contacted one of the men who represents quarterback Johnny Manziel after Don Banks of SI.com reported that Manziel prefers not to play in Jacksonville.
“Not true,” Burkhardt said. Maverick Carter, who handles Manziel’s marketing efforts and who some think is behind the notion that Manziel doesn’t want to play for the Jaguars, was with Burkhardt at the time the denial was issued.
One one hand, Manziel has no reason to admit he doesn’t want to play in Jacksonville, if he doesn’t want to play in Jacksonville. On the other hand, he ultimately has no say in the process, unless he plans to sit out for a year and re-enter the draft.
Manziel should have no issues with playing in Jacksonville. The team is coming together nicely under G.M. Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley, and the fan base craves a competitive team. Manziel could help give them that.
And since the team has a limited history of success, Manziel could quickly become the King of Jacksonville, supplanting a certain five-letter quarterback who currently works for the four-letter network’s enterprise that blankets the three-letter conference in which they both played.