While the idea of Johnny Manziel playing for Jerry Jones is simply too perfect to not hope for, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that quarterback Tony Romo was in the “prime of his career.”
The 34-year-old quarterback coming off back surgery threw for 45 minutes yesterday, and Garrett said he was impressed with Romo’s condition.
“To me, he’s a very young player,” Garrett said, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “He moves around really well. He hasn’t lost any mobility, ability to get away from people. I think his arm is better than ever, so we don’t look at him despite his back situation that he’s had over the last couple of years as somebody who is an old player by any means. He simply needs to rehab his back and get himself healthy and get going again.”
Jones also insisted that Romo was getting well and remained the strength of the team.
“We know his back is everything we would want it to be at this time,” the owner said. “We feel very strong about the edge our quarterback gives us and it a great place to build.”
If Romo can be counted on to be healthy, the Cowboys don’t need to burn a first-round pick on another quarterback. But the concern over his back is a real thing, and only adds a layer to the intriguing possibility of Manziel staying in his home state.