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Jerry Jones willing to take a risk on a young quarterback

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Perhaps the reason Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel continues to behave in an immature manner is because he knows whatever he does, there’s always that one guy who will catch him when he falls.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kept the home fires burning for his unrequited draft crush, saying yet again on Tuesday that he wouldn’t rule out taking a chance on a young quarterback who happened to be on someone else’s roster.

During his weekly radio show on 105.3 the Fan, Jones was asked if the Cowboys would be interested in “young backup quarterbacks available this off-season who come with some risk.”

“Let’s just put it like this: We all would be aware that to bet on [Kellen] Moore for our backup quarterback has elements of risk to it,” Jones said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m not so sure that that’s any riskier than anything you would do with a decision in the future.

“On the other hand, what would enhance me taking risk is a big bigger upside. If that upside is there, that ol’ risk-reward situation, then yeah. This is as far as we’re going to go here now with this, because I don’t want to get involved in any type of tampering situation. We’d take some risk.”

Gee, I wonder who he’s talking about.

Of course, we could always broaden the search to include Washington’s Robert Griffin III, but Jones’ obsession with Manziel probably supersedes things like having done something on the field at some point.

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  1. floratiotime says: Jan 5, 2016 1:35 PM

    Either one or both … and keep that great team leader Greg Hardy too.

  2. key2heat says: Jan 5, 2016 1:38 PM

    JJ says this stuff so you will talk about the Cowboys. Annnd here you are.

  3. jovan19 says: Jan 5, 2016 1:38 PM

    If Goff is still there at #4 why not take a chance on him over anyone else in the NFL?

  4. iamkillerfin says: Jan 5, 2016 1:39 PM

    Bring the Texas boy back to Texas!!! It is a win win situation!!!

  5. bucrightoff says: Jan 5, 2016 1:39 PM

    Jerry Jones is willing to sign Satan if it helps him win, or more importantly, gets him publicity and on TV a lot.

  6. bondlake says: Jan 5, 2016 1:40 PM

    It’s like clockwork.

    Every Tuesday, JJ has to appear on some radio talk show in Dallas and sermonize.

    What is it with you media people?

    When are you going to stop paying attention to this narcissistic Old Fool?

  7. immafubared says: Jan 5, 2016 1:41 PM

    What an idiot. Hey Jones. All his drinkin buddies are in your back yard in Texas. Ya that’s a smart move. Why not draft someone with intelligence to replace Romo who is pretty much done.

  8. gtodriver says: Jan 5, 2016 1:41 PM

    Jerry and Johnny deserve each other.

  9. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2016 1:42 PM

    When Jerry signs him, they should both wear wigs and fake mustaches at the press conference. Just have fun with it.

  10. beattention says: Jan 5, 2016 1:43 PM

    Jones has become a troublesome owner and will never make it back on top. He needs Manziel working for him.

  11. kash71 says: Jan 5, 2016 1:44 PM

    Manziel probably reminds Jerry of himself.

  12. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 5, 2016 1:44 PM

    He should learn a few things from Dan Snyder about owning and building a winner. Snyder is humble and let’s McCloughan do his job. Enjoy watching us win a Superbowl. #HTTR

  13. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 5, 2016 1:48 PM

    Its nice of Jones to give Kaepernick a chance.

  14. dansardo says: Jan 5, 2016 1:48 PM

    So…..there would be nothing you could do that would be more risky than betting on your current back up QB (don’t take it personally Kellen, Jerrah has Tourette’s as well as sizable touch of senility).

    Yup, either “Johnny dreadful” and RGIII are toping jerrah’s offseason acquisition list (hell why not bring both on)! to round out is group of “team leaders”

    The dallas cowboys = nfc’s version of the Cleveland Browns both on and off the field.

    The next 20 years are shaping up to look like the last 20 years for the boys. At least they are consistent.

  15. loadsabot says: Jan 5, 2016 1:54 PM

    If JJ signs him there better be a “Hard Knocks: Dallas”, or I’ll be crushed.

  16. Akula says: Jan 5, 2016 1:54 PM

    Oh Jerry please….please pull the pin on that grenade. The world lives to watch you fall on your plastic face.

  17. bradygirl12 says: Jan 5, 2016 1:56 PM

    If the old coot signs Manziel after all the crap he’s pulled,then he deserves whatever he gets. I just feel sorry for the rest of the Cowboys (minus Hardy) who will have to deal with the distraction of his shenanigans.

  18. araidersfan says: Jan 5, 2016 1:56 PM

    I’ve felt bad for Browns fans having had to suffer with a lowlife like Manziel on their team.

    On the other hand, I think that Manziel would be the perfect fit for Jerry’s team. It would raise the comedy level even higher while ensuring continued negative results on the field in Dallas.

    If Jerry trades for Manziel, then that’s further reason why I would never want him to step down from his position as Cowboys GM.

  19. pocketsstraight says: Jan 5, 2016 2:00 PM

    Take Griffin and his $16M salary, and we can throw in a ham sandwhich

  20. scrp2 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:00 PM

    How ’bout we give Stephen Jones his own radio show?

  21. mcmccii says: Jan 5, 2016 2:01 PM

    “Perhaps the reason Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel continues to behave in an immature manner is because he knows whatever he does, there’s always that one guy who will catch him when he falls.”
    Stop making excuses for him. The guy is a full-blown alcoholic. The NFL has a glaring drug & alcohol abuse problem. Everyone wants to write these problems off as “immature” or “selfish.”
    Keep lying to yourselves.

  22. usa98j30t4 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:06 PM

    I really hope Jones never sells this team and never hires a general manager.

    He is comical.

  23. jkautz11 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:10 PM

    Goff!!

  24. laxer37 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:11 PM

    “Billy football” coming to Dallas. Why not drop some more gasoline on that dumpster fire?

  25. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Jan 5, 2016 2:11 PM

    Brilliant business man, knows how to keep is franchise relevant when they really shouldn’t be and is an absolute master of marketing the team. Meh as a football mind.

  26. seatownballers says: Jan 5, 2016 2:14 PM

    Guaranteed it’s manziel. For the media and jersey sales alone. Hell, he might return the franchise to 8-8

  27. wimpyburgers says: Jan 5, 2016 2:17 PM

    I’ve been saying this for at least 10 years: Dallas will not win a Super Bowl while Romo is QB. This year probably marked the high point for those expectations; and look what happened.

    JJ better be willing to take a young quarterback. He and Romo aren’t getting younger

  28. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 5, 2016 2:19 PM

    Jerry Jones has an idiot for a General Manager.

  29. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 5, 2016 2:21 PM

    “Of course, we could always broaden the search to include Washington’s Robert Griffin III, but Jones’ obsession …”
    __________________

    robert griffin? Jerry Jones may be an idiot but he’s not insane.

  30. pftreader69 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:23 PM

    Careful Jerry, don’t load up your team with too many leaders.

  31. trollaikman8 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:23 PM

    I would clear my calendar to watch HBO’s Hard Knocks: Manziel goes to Cowboys Camp.

  32. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Jan 5, 2016 2:25 PM

    BREAKING: Jerry Jones says he would consider young quarterbacks whose names rhyme with “Mohnny Janziel” but refused to name anyone specifically.

  33. cowboysfanantijerryjones says: Jan 5, 2016 2:26 PM

    My name says it all…I hate my life… until this stooge is out of the picture.. *lesigh*

  34. citizenstrange says: Jan 5, 2016 2:31 PM

    Say what you want about Manziel but at least he goes to Vegas to party and not to whatever poor, sad, tired, casino is closest to Cleveland.

  35. intrafinesse says: Jan 5, 2016 2:31 PM

    Given how much the Browns have trashed Johnny, they should be willing to part with him for a 4th round pick.

  36. cowboyfansince75 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:32 PM

    Some of you are idiots, from post I have read you think this dude is going to start ahead of romo, he will sit. And I’m sure jones will have stipulation’s In his contract concerning his conduct. As in a team friendly deal.
    Still jones is an idiot, but some of you match it.

  37. qdog112 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:39 PM

    Given that the Dallas franchise has become Cleveland-South, Jerry and this clown deserve each other.

    Please let it happen.

  38. jerrysbrother says: Jan 5, 2016 2:46 PM

    I have been a huge Cowboy fan my whole life (lets just say in the 50 year range). If JJ/Cowboys pick up So called Johnny football then my Cowboy fan ticket will be put in moth balls until JJ is no longer in control of the Cowboys.

  39. roxtar10 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:46 PM

    I really hope this happens. It will allow me to more efficiently centralize my hate – which is really a New Tear’s resolution of mine….

  40. headwoundharry says: Jan 5, 2016 2:47 PM

    Jerry, welcome back. You hadn’t had a presser in 36 hours.

  41. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 5, 2016 2:48 PM

    Man I hope this happens. Hardy, Dez, and Manziel/RG3 on America’s (most loathsome) Team.
    That would be a train wreck worth watching.

  42. fastisnotfast says: Jan 5, 2016 2:48 PM

    Jerry and Johnny are made for eachother.

    But the QB they want is RG3. Have him sit behind Romo, train with Witten like Murray did and learn how to treat his body. The high ups won’t be much different than Snider in Washington, but there is way more stability and not as much neck-cutting/back stabbing

  43. phillyphanatic77 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:52 PM

    As Steve Keim said “If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3, we’d probably diagnose it as an eating disorder.” The signing of Greg Hardy proved once again that the Cowboys will take on anyone if they’re talented enough. Manziel may be total dbag who can’t stop partying off the field but he’s got good athletic ability and he’s a Texas boy so of course Jerry Jones would look the other way on his transgressions. Manziel to the Cowboys would be a match made in heaven… and it could blow up in their faces which makes me really hope it happens.

  44. tb12bestqbevah says: Jan 5, 2016 2:54 PM

    Did Romo retire and I just missed the memo?

    Always classy Jerruh talking about other QB’s when he’s currently got a starter on his roster.

    Let’s be honest, if it weren’t for Romo’s injuries this season the Cowboys would’ve walked away with that division.

    So why is he talking about QBs?

  45. oldcracker says: Jan 5, 2016 2:55 PM

    Jerruh, be careful what you wish for…you just might get it.

  46. ebdug says: Jan 5, 2016 2:56 PM

    I think Haslam feels the same way, otherwise he would’ve kept Pettine and jettisoned Manziel.

  47. td40 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:00 PM

    Some are saying that Johnny is trying to get out of Cleveland by pulling this latest stunt.

    I think Cleveland should refuse to release him and make him 4th string/PS QB. Just to torture him🙂

  48. kevo95 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:00 PM

    Imagine that

  49. BigAlHeBDMan says: Jan 5, 2016 3:04 PM

    Say Jerrah: Johnny Manziel is young and he’s from Texas. Go for it! (Ha Ha)

  50. jpaq68 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:06 PM

    The Browns ought to swindle a first or second round draft pick from that senile old man for this loser.

  51. rootpain says: Jan 5, 2016 3:07 PM

    The NFL is more like a 3 ring circus than the WWE. WWE is all fake. At least at the circus, there are a couple of acts that are entertaining. Like the Patriots in the NFL. But it can go either way. The options are becoming Circque de Soleil or the local carni. Unfortunately, with Goddell as commissioner, we are heading towards the carni. And that isn’t even as entertaining as WWE.
    But it’s right up there with JJ, JM and RG’s attitude. You don’t even need to sell the sizzle any more. Just sell something cause people want to buy something. Paint a big garbage can with a clowns face and that is good enough. People will pay to come in just to use it. What a farce.

  52. leef2020 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:17 PM

    Would love to see Johnny with Dallas. Just guarantees another lost season for the dysfunctional bumpkins.

    Wonder how many minutes it will take Linehan to resign after that signing?

  53. catfish252 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:23 PM

    I really don’t care where this kid goes. He’s not willing to change his life right now, all things considered this kid has a drinking problem at the minimum, the other trouble is he is not ready to admit that to himself and really seek help. So people tell him you have a problem and we are sending you here to get some help. The problem is he is not ready to get help. Nothing really shocking has happened to him yet, no traffic accidents where someone is hurt or killed, he hasn’t gotten arrested for anything major, he hasn’t been fired yet and left high and dry without money(that probably won’t happen) or where no other team is willing to take a chance on him. Until some shock factor happens he is not going to change. Jerry Jones will set up all these safety nets for the kid, Jerry thinks he is helping him but actually Jerry Jones is an enabler. This kid will probably have to hit rock bottom before he seeks help. I lost everything I had in the world, family, friends, job, house because of alcohol(because of me really) Thankfully I have been sober for 17 years now but I put everyone including myself through hell for the 15 years I was drinking. Now I work with alcoholics, and addicts helping them get back on track. Johnny Football is no different from all the people I am involved with, he just has a bit more money than most so it may take him longer to figure things out.

  54. samitonsports says: Jan 5, 2016 3:26 PM

    I see an Aaron Rodgers scenario coming for Jared Goff. Dallas needs to take him!

  55. dwhcic says: Jan 5, 2016 3:28 PM

    I think Manziel would straighten out if he went to the cowboys, can’t really blame him for being miserable in Cleveland like everyone else.

  56. lrical says: Jan 5, 2016 3:36 PM

    @killer.. No man. I don’t need this distraction amongst my cowboys. I’ll take a qb in the draft.

  57. jdbaker01 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:37 PM

    He’s probably referring to Weedon.

  58. bradygirl12 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:39 PM

    td40 says:
    Jan 5, 2016 3:00 PM
    Some are saying that Johnny is trying to get out of Cleveland by pulling this latest stunt.

    I think Cleveland should refuse to release him and make him 4th string/PS QB. Just to torture him
    ————-
    This would be awesome…it’s too bad,though, that the Browns will have a new head coach. They won’t be on the list for Hard Knocks. But it’s a great idea, td40.

  59. dencar2014 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:47 PM

    If it’s Manziel (and as a Browns fan I hope it is) the Cowboys can take out a huge billboard in downtown Dallas with the caption “Get Ready, The Circus is Coming To Town”.

  60. ybthatway says: Jan 5, 2016 3:49 PM

    Elaine thinks….Jerry wants Johnny to be his “Mimbo”

  61. jolly1234 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:58 PM

    Johnny Nerfball to Dallas… A simple enough way to get the fans to quit talking about the last losing season and start talking about the next one. They could even get a discounted group rate for all the shrinks/counselors/parole officers they will need to be able to field 11 players each week.

  62. granadafan says: Jan 5, 2016 4:12 PM

    Manziel going back to the state where all his drinking buddies are, a meddlesome owner who doesn’t hold players accountable for their actions, and a state where you’re legally able to do anything you want as long as you’re a rich kid suffering from affluenza? What could possibly go wrong?

  63. joemammy says: Jan 5, 2016 4:26 PM

    Why does everyone blame Johnny for everything bad, when it’s been Billy causing all the trouble?

    And I wonder how many other personalities are banging around in that concussed head…

  64. pftony says: Jan 5, 2016 5:10 PM

    For the love of everything still sacred in Dallas, please don’t get that self-centered Manziel. We put up with Dez b/c he can play. We put up with Hardy b/c he can play. Manziel can’t play at the NFL level. Kellen Moore is head & shoulders better than Manziel. It’s not just about selling tickets Jerrah! Respect your fans for once.

  65. korthjw says: Jan 5, 2016 5:22 PM

    Thankfully, the human race will one day be relieved of specimens like Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel thanks to the forces of nature first described by Charles Darwin.

    It just can’t happen soon enough.

  66. cowboys2016 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:44 PM

    logicalvoicepft says:
    Jan 5, 2016 1:44 PM

    He should learn a few things from Dan Snyder about owning and building a winner. Snyder is humble and let’s McCloughan do his job. Enjoy watching us win a Superbowl. #HTTR

    Logical

    You sound show delicious!!! I can’t wait until the Redskins get their butts kick by Green Bay next weeks. Then you will rant and rave on how you pathetic team got rob or cheated. Dan Snyder is no better than Jerry Jones. He just knows how to sell tickets… Trust me My cowboys will not be in last place for long!!!

  67. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 5, 2016 5:48 PM

    Jerrah is to old to play father to a spoiled brat.

  68. dlr4skins says: Jan 5, 2016 6:12 PM

    How can anyone not like Jerry the GM?

  69. dlr4skins says: Jan 5, 2016 6:15 PM

    You sound show delicious!!! I can’t wait until the Redskins get their butts kick by Green Bay next weeks. Then you will rant and rave on how you pathetic team got rob or cheated. Dan Snyder is no better than Jerry Jones. He just knows how to sell tickets… Trust me My cowboys will not be in last place for long!!!

    ______

    Nice grammar and typing skills…… This post sounds straight out of the Cowboys PR department.

  70. petedutcherjr says: Jan 5, 2016 6:28 PM

    He wants Mike Glennon.

  71. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:04 PM

    Manziel and Dez on the same team?

    No thanks.

    I would take a chance on Rg3 first via FA.

  72. chaffee5355 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:20 PM

    Don’t bet on it. I believe if Jones went after Manziel the Jones boys will finally jump in. Manziel, at his young age is already a concussion victim not to mention the problems he’s already having with his head. The biggest problem with backup QBs is that no matter who it is, they don’t get the reps and it takes them two or three games to crank up and usually, those games end up as losses. Look to Cincinnati for their formula with the success they are having with their young backup. I have to believe that he is more involved in practice than other backups.

  73. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 5, 2016 7:25 PM

    Let’s face it. There’s only one Seahawks.

    The rest of you are just for our entertainment.

  74. jackamus51 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:51 PM

    Dallas is 152-152 over the last 19 years. America’s team???? BS
    Let them pick up Manziel so they can go under .500!!!!

  75. SeaFiddle says: Jan 6, 2016 12:19 AM

    I’m a Seahawk fan but I have watched every nfl snap that Johnny Football has taken. JF has been screwed by the Browns from day one. He outplayed Hoyer in the preseason but Pettine let Hoyer start anyway. This was pretty hard for JF to swallow and I think it contributed to his disastrous first year when he was thrown in a game late in the season totally unprepared with a beat up team.

    2015 has been totally different with the exception that JF was screwed over again. McCown was hurt in the first game so JF started the 2nd game. He won that game and should have been the starter from that point forward. But Pettine put McCown in again because he said that would give the Browns the best chance to win. McCown ended up winning exactly one game in all his starts.

    Remember this: By all accounts from Pettine and all of the veteran players, Manziel was all business both in the building and on the playing field this year. JF finally got to start against the 10-0 Bengals in Cincy. He kept the game close the first half and was getting rave reviews from the broadcasters. At halftime all Pettine could say was JF could have played better. He wanted JF to stay in the pocket more. The Cincy coach wanted the same thing and he stated that as he left the field. The 2nd half was a disaster for Manziel because he was closed down by his own coach.

    Manziel had a fantastic game against the Steelers going 33-45 and 372 yds. Errors by the Browns kept points off of the scoreboard and since the Browns have no defense Pittsburgh won easily. It was after that game that Pettine benched JF for drinking and singing Karaoke with his budies during the Bye week.

    Manziel started again wk 14 and took San Francisco apart going 21-31 and 270 yds for his 2nd win and only the 3rd win for the Browns.

    Wk 15 was against Seattle…. a huge mismatch. The Seahawks had 21 straight drives against them without allowing a touchdown. Cleveland received first and Manziel marched the Browns right down the field and scored. After that the Hawks overwhelmed the lowly Browns which was to be expected.

    In week 16 the Browns were up against the Chiefs in KC. JF was sick as a dog with a cold and it was 31 degrees with 23mph wind. Unfortunately, Manziel’s passing was off that day but his running was hot. KC was unable to sack the elusive JF and he ran for 111 yards on the day. He had 3 chances from the 20 yard line to get into the end zone with 20 seconds left…. He almost engineered a huge upset. Unfortunately, He was concussed in the first half and played the whole rest of the game that way. The kid is a gamer…..

    While it’s true that JF needs to shape up some off of the field… every incident that he has been involved in has been blown way out of proportion. Forget the Enquirer press. Watch JF play, when he is allowed to play, and you may think a little differently about him.

  76. usedjock says: Jan 6, 2016 8:30 AM

    joemammy says:
    Jan 5, 2016 4:26 PM

    Why does everyone blame Johnny for everything bad, when it’s been Billy causing all the trouble?

    And you sir win the internet today!

    Seriously though what could possibly go wrong with him in Texas? He is closer to Vegas, his college home town is closer, his drinking buddies are there, he will have the Dallas party scene, and Jerry to enable him with no consequences?

    The worst part is going to be how the internet and ESPN will blow up when he goes there.

  77. mogogo1 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:51 AM

    Age isn’t the issue, maturity is. There are tons of elementary school kids who are far more mature than Manziel. It’s clear by this point this isn’t all just an act to get away from the Browns; he’s got serious problems that will follow him wherever he goes. Add that to the fact he’s never looked anywhere near as good as he did in college and you’ve got a guy few (if any) teams are going to stake their future on. He’ll wind up in somebody’s camp for a look but nobody will have all their eggs in his basket.

  78. korthjw says: Jan 6, 2016 3:40 PM

    Dallas is 152-152 over the last 19 years. America’s team???? BS
    Let them pick up Manziel so they can go under .500!!!!

    ===============================

    Once Romo is gone, Dallas will become a perennial sub .500 team no matter what the organization does.

    If America thereafter continues to view the Cowboys as “America’s Team”, well then this country has problems far bigger than how to spend its Sunday afternoons.

    .

  79. flowrchyldofgod says: Jan 7, 2016 8:57 AM

    @SeaFiddle
    Obviously you are a Johnny Fanboy so I will excuse your biased BS rant on what a great guy and QB ole Johnny is. However, the fact that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about must be addressed. Johnny was showing signs of progression on the field and yes, there are alot more issues than the QB on the Browns right now BUT he still had a long, long way to go. First, although he was making strides, he was NOT ready to lead the team from the beginning and NO, he NEVER outplayed Hoyer. He couldn’t even remember the plays and he couldn’t make the reads. He had never played on a team that had an actual playbook for God’s sake! This year, he needed to prove himself before he took over. In case you don’t realize it, most teams NEVER replace the STARTER with the backup due to an injury. McCown was the starter and he did a great job this year. Johnny was making improvements but in the Cinn game you talked about, did you actually notice all the open players he missed? Google it…analysts looked at the tape and said Pettine was correct in his assessment. Johnny could’ve had it all BUT he had to mess up big 3 times this year. The last time, lying, flying to Vegas and leaving your team on the last game…no way the locker room has his back. Even LeBron is done with the kid.

    I had so wanted this to work out, I wanted him to be good so we could move forward. Now, I want his butt sitting on the bench behind 3 other QBs for the next 2 years…then release his ass.

  80. craigkintexas says: Jan 7, 2016 9:17 AM

    And Jerry keeps hauling in the fans money LOL!

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