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Report: Cowboys don’t want Manziel, for now

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At one point late in the 2015 season, it seemed as if quarterback Johnny Manziel was trying to get fired by the Browns so that he could be hired by the Cowboys.

The first part has happened. The second part won’t. At least not for now.

According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys aren’t interested in Manziel. Specifically the team has “no intention” to visit with or sign Manziel.

But there’s a caveat. Moore adds that the Cowboys won’t consider Manziel “until he gets his life back in order.”

That could be the best news for Manziel, since it gives him a reason to do whatever he has to do to turn things around. While the reasons for his 10-week stint in rehab last year aren’t known, it’s safe to assume based on published reports and quotes from people like his father that alcohol was one of the problems, if not the only one. Over the past few months, it’s become obvious that he has been drinking alcohol, publicly and brazenly and frequently.

He’s also ignoring the advice of those around him. As one source with knowledge of the situation told PFT, no one can get through to him, and no one can mentor him. His former agent, Erik Burkhardt, tried everything and everyone; Manziel has to decide for himself that he’s going to turn things around.

“Either he’s going to make his own decision to be a professional or he’s not,” the source said. “His choice.”

The possibility of playing for the Cowboys could be the thing that turns it around for him. But even if it does, the Cowboys (or any other team) would need to believe that this time it will stick, because if he ever becomes a full-time NFL starting quarterback, his team won’t want to be worried about the fame once again melting into notoriety.

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61 Responses to “Report: Cowboys don’t want Manziel, for now”
  1. buccaboo says: Mar 12, 2016 10:26 AM

    Getting his life straightened out is only one hurdle. He also needs to learn how to be an NFL quality QB and he hasn’t shown that either

  2. george1859 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:27 AM

    That smoke you see is another log on the fire of blown first round picks from Cleveland.

  3. ahs2 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:30 AM

    In Dallas, the bar for a “life in order” is pretty low

  4. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 12, 2016 10:31 AM

    He’s destined to be a cowboy. The fit is just too perfect. #greatleader

  5. ncphinsfan says: Mar 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    “Johnny Football” is now “Johnny Would You Like Fries With That?”

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    Haha….that means they will sign him. Jerry will come out and talk about how he’s the best person in the world and how he’s turned his life around and all that and the train wreck will continue.

  7. typicalnipple says: Mar 12, 2016 10:36 AM

    The story of Big John Football goes on.

  8. skoobyfl says: Mar 12, 2016 10:37 AM

    Cowboys could hire more babysitters.

  9. pastabelly says: Mar 12, 2016 10:38 AM

    He would seem to be a perfect fit on that team, at least in terms of character.

  10. jmc8888 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:39 AM

    Or it gives him a reason to ‘fool’ the Cowboys, like he has been trying to fool others for quite some time.

    He put on an act to get drafted high by Cleveland. I wouldn’t put it past him to go through the motions to get picked up by Dallas.

    This guy needs serious help on many fronts.

    Even if he turns his life around you’ll get a backup QB at best.

    Josh McCown vastly outplayed Johnny Woman Beater… and Josh McCown is a perennial backup.

    Vastly outplayed.

  11. oldassgoat says: Mar 12, 2016 10:40 AM

    Best of luck, Billy Manziel. You sure “wrecked the league.”

  12. huh6016 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:42 AM

    It takes YEARS to gt your life in order if you are an addict….. it’s ongoing….

  13. billsfan says: Mar 12, 2016 10:42 AM

    Gee, with Gregory and Hardy to take Johnny under their wing, what’s the hesitation?
    “Johnny( no longer in) Football” might just have the role models he needs….to finally put him over the…edge.

  14. qdog112 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:42 AM

    … and the incessant media campaign to prop up Manziel continues.

    Give it up. The guy doesn’t wanna play, because the guy has come to realize that he can’t play. He lacks sufficient talent and is afraid to face that on the field.

    He will never play gain on any level. It’s a shock to the system when you have to look in the mirror and admit, I can’t cut it.

    It’s easier to avoid having to be told that, after failure on the field. This way, he can always believe, “I could have been a CONTEND-A!”

  15. shlort says: Mar 12, 2016 10:44 AM

    Manzeil has proven he is not good enough to play n the NFL. He likes to snort coke and he loves getting messed up on beer and liquor every night. Some team might give him another chance. He might get past the blow and the boozing, but he will never get past not being good enough at the quarterback position to play at the NFL level.

  16. tomtravis76 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    While Johnny won’t make it in the NFL, the idea of “would you like fries with that”, is comical. Will he be saying that with his Heisman trophy getting paid for an appearance , while checking up on the millions he has already made? The guy might be throwing away an opportunity very few get, he won’t be serving up fries to anyone with their order in this lifetime.

  17. motleytrap says: Mar 12, 2016 10:51 AM

    Is playing for Dallas really that much of a carrot?

    These aren’t Clint Murchison’s Cowboys.

  18. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    Getting his life “back in order” implies they believe it once was, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.

  19. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 12, 2016 10:58 AM

    He’ll act like he turned his life around and the Cowboys will sign him to a contract and then he’ll start the party act again. Maybe Johnny should just go back to College Station and live off his college reputation the rest of his life becuase he sure doesn’t seem to have the wherewithal to be an NFL QB.

  20. patriots123456 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    You can’t help someone who doesn’t want help.

    Johnny hasn’t reached the stage where he wants and realizes he desperately needs help. Until he does, any attempt will prove fruitless.

    It’s a shame, but it is what it is.

  21. gadgetking2010 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    tomtravis76 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 10:45 AM
    While Johnny won’t make it in the NFL, the idea of “would you like fries with that”, is comical. Will he be saying that with his Heisman trophy getting paid for an appearance , while checking up on the millions he has already made? The guy might be throwing away an opportunity very few get, he won’t be serving up fries to anyone with their order in this lifetime.
    ==============================

    If he doesn’t get his act together he will broke in a few years.
    How many NFL / NBA / MLB veterans that have made way more the Manziel in their careers have gone bankrupt, especially those with substance abuse problems? Look at Ryan Leaf for more comparison than just being a 1st round flop….

  22. araidersfan says: Mar 12, 2016 11:00 AM

    To Jerry Jones – bring Manziel to your team. He’s received an endorsement and offer of mentoring from the infamous crack-Cowboy, Michael Irvin.

    To John Elway – bring Manziel to your team. He’s received the endorsement of Von Miller and perhaps Miller can help improve Manziel’s performance by sharing his PED supply.

  23. bondlake says: Mar 12, 2016 11:03 AM

    Please, please, please, do whatever is necessary to go to the Cowgirls.

    And then let’s watch the fun as they implode!

  24. wallabear says: Mar 12, 2016 11:04 AM

    Took Hardy, but no Manziel? Hmm…

  25. gopack12go says: Mar 12, 2016 11:05 AM

    I believe in second chances, but after that . . . fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice . . .

  26. meximyke says: Mar 12, 2016 11:08 AM

    He can’t become a cowboy until he gets convicted, first! Then he can become a cowboy! Jerry has qualifications!!

  27. laxer37 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    Yeah, the Cowboys would never sign a guy until he got his life in order.

    Two words: Greg Hardy.

  28. the610limited says: Mar 12, 2016 11:25 AM

    If he turns up on an NFL team again, the offensive line needs to have some personal time with him. As in, slam him into a brick wall a few times every day to make sure he has his priorities in order. If that doesn’t do it, promptly release him.
    The Eagles and Cowboys should have done that to Terrell Owens years ago.

  29. bassplucker says: Mar 12, 2016 11:32 AM

    To people saying Johnny will be broke at some point… he comes from a family who has made billions in the oil industry. Unless someone invents a car that runs on water or his daddy cuts him off, he’ll have plenty of money his whole life whether he gets another pro football contract or not. There is zero motivation for him to every really straighten up and work hard at anything and that’s the crux of the whole problem.

  30. truecowboyfan says: Mar 12, 2016 11:34 AM

    Even if the Cowboys want him, they can’t sign him. A total PR nightmare. They learned that from Greg Hardy. If Hardy went on any other team, we would have forgotten about him. Just let Manziel go. The media and cowboy bashers so want it happen though!!! LOL

  31. araidersfan says: Mar 12, 2016 11:39 AM

    bassplucker says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:32 AM

    To people saying Johnny will be broke at some point… he comes from a family who has made billions in the oil industry. Unless someone invents a car that runs on water or his daddy cuts him off, he’ll have plenty of money his whole life whether he gets another pro football contract or not. There is zero motivation for him to every really straighten up and work hard at anything and that’s the crux of the whole problem.

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

    Also, unlike Ryan Leaf, the wealth and political influence of Manziel’s family will also keep him out of jail.

  32. mongo3401 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:45 AM

    One step at a time and one day at a time. Alcohol dependency is a disease folks and it’s no joke. I can admitnthisnbecausenof my own experience with it. It is true though, he has to be the one that wants to change things for the better. No one but Johnny Manziel can do that. I pray he does realize that and soon. Nobody should be tossed in the trash the way some of you think around here.

    Personally I hope the kid turns it around and has a decent career in the NFL. We all should hope that. Anyone that wishes otherwise is oblivious to the real world. Good luck Johnny mall the best

  33. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:49 AM

    good for the cowboys, they should stick to only signing high character guys like the leader greg haryd

  34. keylimelight says: Mar 12, 2016 11:54 AM

    Give it up. The guy doesn’t wanna play, because the guy has come to realize that he can’t play. He lacks sufficient talent and is afraid to face that on the field.
    __________________________

    I think qdog has hit the nail on the head. For all the hype, I truly think Manziel knows that he cannot be a great pro QB like he was at Texas A & M.

    I don’t think he’d mind being a back up, but lord, don’t let in be in Cleveland. I think he hates living there and wants a change in geography. I think he’s been trying to get fired or traded.

  35. tremoluxman says: Mar 12, 2016 12:09 PM

    Tick tock, Johnnie Boy. Tick tock. The longer you delay, the shorter your shelf-life. Whatever skills you have will erode fast without use and training. You can’t turn it on and off like a light switch.

    Tick tock, Johnnie. Tick tock.

  36. johnnybaggadonuts says: Mar 12, 2016 12:19 PM

    I think the hardest thing for him must be facing the reality that he was just a really good college QB. Nothing more and soon to be way less.

    I hope he gets his life in order but I’m not lighting any candles. He has made a series of terrible choices and it is consequence time.

  37. weepingjebus says: Mar 12, 2016 12:27 PM

    Go back and read that leaked Patriots scouting report now, it’s amazing. Like a warning message from time travelers.

  38. alliwantisluv says: Mar 12, 2016 12:29 PM

    Poor Johnny. He made his bed, now he has to lie in it…

  39. owentoo says: Mar 12, 2016 12:30 PM

    whenwilliteverend says:
    Mar 12, 2016 10:58 AM

    He’ll act like he turned his life around and the Cowboys will sign him to a contract and then he’ll start the party act again. Maybe Johnny should just go back to College Station and live off his college reputation the rest of his life becuase he sure doesn’t seem to have the wherewithal to be an NFL QB.

    ____________________________________

    I can just see Johnny 30 years from now – fat, bald, stuffed into his old letter jacket and short-sheeting his bros in the frat house.

  40. pioniere says: Mar 12, 2016 12:31 PM

    The Cowboys could ask Greg Hardy to mentor him. He doesn’t have a problem with partying too much.

  41. hawkwind8 says: Mar 12, 2016 12:47 PM

    OK vote time:
    Thumbs up Johnny Manziel
    Thumbs down Tim Tebow

    Someone else is not a option for your team.

  42. fordmandalay says: Mar 12, 2016 12:50 PM

    tomtravis76 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 10:45 AM
    While Johnny won’t make it in the NFL, the idea of “would you like fries with that”, is comical. Will he be saying that with his Heisman trophy getting paid for an appearance , while checking up on the millions he has already made? The guy might be throwing away an opportunity very few get, he won’t be serving up fries to anyone with their order in this lifetime.
    ==============================

    If he doesn’t get his act together he will broke in a few years.
    How many NFL / NBA / MLB veterans that have made way more the Manziel in their careers have gone bankrupt, especially those with substance abuse problems? Look at Ryan Leaf for more comparison than just being a 1st round flop….
    ————————————————
    He’s the spoiled son of a Texas oil billionaire. Football has just been a fun hobby for him until he begins his REAL career of Johnny LobbyistForHisDaddysOilCompany, and then eventually Johnny GovernorOfTexas. He’ll never hurt for money.

  43. yyc2phx says: Mar 12, 2016 12:51 PM

    … and the incessant media campaign to prop up Manziel continues….

    They can make or break you… Hidden agendas, personal vendettas seem to be the norm in journalism (see Redskins)..

    Sad story about a somewhat gifted athlete that was pampered from pop warner up..No life skills, no common sense and very little character…The parents own this one

  44. hippieway says: Mar 12, 2016 1:06 PM

    Party on Dude, nobody is even going to look at you until after the draft (if ever)

  45. nightryder10 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:17 PM

    “Get your life in order like Greg Hardy, and we’ll bring you in for a look.”

  46. barrymichaels61 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:39 PM

    Wowwww…..Jerrah would sign OJ now if he thought he could contribute, this is rock bottom Johnny football you did it all to yourself, no one left to blame.
    Congrats. 😉

  47. what588 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:56 PM

    Manziels family are not billionaires. His fathers net worth is about 50 million.

  48. linemanguy74 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:59 PM

    You would think that even Jones is smart enough to stay away from this guy.

  49. bcrllc says: Mar 12, 2016 4:16 PM

    He’s done! Bye Bye!

  50. korthjw says: Mar 12, 2016 4:27 PM

    Two sure things this coming season:

    Manziel will be in a Cowboys uniform on opening night.

    Manziel will be starting at quarterback for the Cowboys once Romo gets injured and the team will finish sub .500 again.

  51. friscokid49 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:40 PM

    manziel has no work ethic

    Johnny =affluenza

    he does what he wants because he was raised that way

  52. TheBrownsareClowns says: Mar 12, 2016 5:20 PM

    Any team that needs a QB that doesnt sign him is stupid. Scrubs like Scott Tolzien just signed with the Colts. Hes a stiff. Blaine Gabbert? Lol

    Amazing how stupid NFL teams are.

    Mark Sanchez that Denver actually traded for? Lmao

  53. ebdug says: Mar 12, 2016 6:31 PM

    Poor Johnny got waylayed by today’s hysteria. Nothing at all would have come up last century. Nowadays, if Haslam calls Johnny a drunk from whatever courthouse steps he’s being interviewed on the kid is labled a risk.

  54. eddiea25 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:05 PM

    Jerry Jones is a better con man and phony than Donald Trump. I’d like to hear the conversation between those two All about the wallet . People don’t count.

  55. chasinggod65 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:33 PM

    Does this young man even want to play football anymore?

  56. dudeicle says: Mar 12, 2016 8:15 PM

    only needs to go to a single AA meeting to satisfy the cowboys.

  57. 2ruefan says: Mar 12, 2016 8:51 PM

    WELL Said @tomtravis76

    Everyone on boards like this wants to be the FIRST to post or FIRST to post what they think is some great witty one-liner to take a jab.

    But even if all Manziel makes is 2 million, the wise-crackers should do the math.

    Considering the median household income in the US is 46K, Johnny earned in 2 years what it will take them 46 years of their life to earn.

    And if he gets the other 2 million the Browns owe him from the original contract, then more than any of the wise-crackers will make in their life.

    Wonder how that makes all the smug “I’m better than you” folks feel?

    (Context – I am not Manziel backer, and think he is a total fool who has pi**ed away his opportunity. Just hate the attitude of people taking shots at every athlete just to feel superior)

  58. wtfru2 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:11 PM

    How do you spell loser? LOSER!

  59. holdsteady76 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:17 PM

    I don’t think Johnny is going to change. If the Cowboys were willing to let him run around Texas with a key to the city and let him party all the time, they might be onto something by letting Johnny be Johnny. Buf by insisting he act like a professional, I just don’t think that’s going to work.

    More likely John will pretend to change and the Cowboys will pretend to pull him under their wing, and who knows he might even stumble onto some success, but eventually johnny will be johnny.

  60. joe400e says: Mar 13, 2016 12:04 AM

    NFL shouldn’t reward his behavior by letting him play for any team for a year, at the very least. It’s never been a secret that he wanted to play for JJ.

  61. steveylang says: Mar 16, 2016 1:46 PM

    On draft day, he actually texted to that Cleveland coach “Let’s wreck this TEAM together”, but damn autocorrect…

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