Cowboys could pounce on Manziel

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From the moment the Joneses who own the Cowboys started gushing about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, we began to pay attention to the possibility that the Cowboys would be inclined to add the potential franchise quarterback a year after giving Tony Romo a franchise quarterback contract.

Ed Werder of ESPN fuels that notion, explaining on SportsCenter that, if Manziel falls to No. 16, the Cowboys could take him.

Let’s take a step farther.  We think that, if Manziel slides past the Vikings at No. 8, the Cowboys could be inclined to trade up to get Manziel.  In 20 of 25 drafts, Jerry Jones has made a move with a first-round pick.  This year, moving up for Manziel could give the Cowboys the kind of offseason shakeup they surely covet.

Said Werder on the air, “Jerry Jones was raving about [Manziel] this weekend . . . in front of Romo.”

It would be a circus, a distraction, a potential mess to have Romo and Manziel on the roster.  Cap considerations would make a trade of Romo difficult if not impossible this year.  The cap hit would be stiff next year but not insurmountable, if the Cowboys were to move Manziel to the starting lineup and move Romo out of the building.

With an extended lull resulting from the league’s insistence on delaying the draft by two weeks, it’s fun to consider what may happen.  It would be even more fun to cover the efforts of Romo and Manziel to coexist as the top two quarterbacks on the depth chart of America’s Team.

121 responses to “Cowboys could pounce on Manziel

  1. Not going to happen. As much as I dislike Manziel I can hardly imagine he would that late. Too many teams in need of a QB. Besides Jerry is on Romos nuts. Lets be honest.

  2. I don’t even like Manziel as an NFL prospect, but I have a hard time believing the dude falls to #16.

  3. Why would they do this when they have the great Tony Romo?!

    Cmon Jerry you love some glory hole!

  4. If the Cowboys want to move on from 8-8 maybe they need a season of 4-12 first.

  5. bahahahahaha, plz make this happen!! I’m a Giants fan, and with that said Tony Romo is their best chance to win anything. Romo just needs to stop choking in the 4th qtrs, and they need to run the ball more with Murray.

  6. Yep, after investing 40mil guaranteed in Romo, and with a terrible defense and all the defensive stars in this draft, the cowgirls will take a QB round one.

    I’m not even a fan, but seriously?

  7. Canvas futures just skyrocketed on this news. Because, if it’s true, they’re gonna need The Mother of all Circus Tents.

  8. Lol at Jerry moving Romo for Manziel. Have you not seen Tony in Jerry’s private box for every event under the sun? That’s Jerry’s boy. This is a ludicrous hypothetical even for this site.

  9. The problem with Jerry is that he is the ultimate businessman. Does he want to win? Sure. Does he want to make money more? Heck yes. He didn’t buy the Cowboys to be the most winning-est franchise ever, he bought it to make himself money, which he has done and will continue to do. For people to be mad at him for the way he conducts business would be akin to sitting in a restaurant paying for food you don’t like and complaining about how successful the restaurant is….and planning on coming back next week. Picking Manziel would be a terrible “football move”, but a FANTASTIC business decision. It would sell, sell, sell and it will keep the Cowboys AGAIN! in every sports conversation all year long. This is why I fully expect him to pull the trigger if possible.

  10. If. If. If. These reporters know from
    Nothing. Moving the draft into may just
    Gives more time for BS
    Surprised I haven’t read one of these guys writing
    that the Jets are going to trade up to 1
    Or any other team

  11. RG3 vs Johnny Football would bring the rivalry back for years to come. With Romo’s back, Orton pondering retirement, Weeden strictly a backup, eventually Jerry has to insure the future of The Star with a star. As a Redskins fan I want to see it for the betterment of our division, it’s respect, & our rivalry. Real talk. No hater in me.

  12. Please let this happen…as a recovering Cowboys fan, nothing would make me happier than something so grotesquely stupid as Jerry World signing Johnny Football to a contract. Guys with stupid nicknames tend not to work out well…see also Joey College.

  13. Guess I’m the only one on here that thinks the Cowboys should trade up if necessary to get Manziel. It would be a smart move, not a circus. The owner’s meddling already makes it a circus. Cowboys need a good back up and this baller has a built in Texas audience.

  14. Whatever….these comments are only published to keep interest going for the next two weeks…..the NFL really screwed up pushing the draft out two weeks….

  15. It would be nice to see him go to a team that actually has a chance of succeeding. If he goes to the cowboys he’ll never win a championship just like the Vikings and Falcons stripped Adrian Peterson and Tony Gonzalez’s chances of ever winning a championship due to their grand suckitude.

  16. Boy that would be fun. He’s got more coaches than you can shake a stick at, why not QBs?

  17. There is only one team where he could be successful, that’s the Eagles. He would excel in Chip’s O. In a traditional pro style O, he will be a giant flop. Unless they plan to a crazy trade dumping Foles, not gonna happen…..

  18. The Cowboys now officially do everything OPPOSITE from the way a championship team does tham. It’s the Bizzaro Dallas Cowboys!

  19. Would meet Jerry Jones’ main objective to sell tickets to see his three ring circus and sell merchandize. Imagine the attraction a home-grown Texas hero playing for the Cowboys! Hippy-I -O-Ki-Ya!!! Romo could retire to become his Quarterback Coach! There wouldn’t be any pressure on Manziel to win,……just sell tickets! Johnny would be successful in the NFL at doing that!!!

  20. So the Cowboys sell out every weekend and the NFL gets the money off of jersey sales….tell me again how why Jerry would draft Manziel to make more money?

  21. for all the haters out there talking about why is this America’s Team need to think about this… no matter how hated or how loved they are they will always be America’s Team… so quit whining about it. also getting Manziel could be scary for some of the other teams out there … I’m all for it

  22. I get it now. The smartest guy in the room is anyone who’s got an internet connection. Given enough time and an adequate supply of Chimpanzee’s they would produce the combined works of Shakespeare.

  23. I’ve been saying this for months. Johnny Football to the Cowboys. it makes sense on every level: the have an old QB, they need to think about the future, the hometown kid angle, plus the Cowboys are terrible drafters, making it even more likely that they will draft the player, while possibly the most athletically gifted of the bunch, who is the furthest away from having the tools to be an NFL QB.

  24. I’m not sure the new Cowboys stadium would be big enough for both of their heads.

  25. Between Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder I have never seen such dysfunctional ownership of any sports affiliated team. These teams will never succeed or perform to their fullest potential until the owners allow the coaches to just do the jobs they were hired for.

  26. The only thing that they need to move into a building is a GM.

    Jones has been hurting this team ever since he got rid of Barry Switzer. Why? He’s not educated well enough in football to build a team.

    Manziel won’t fall past Tampa at #7 and Dallas will have the worst record in football in 2014.

  27. Draft Manziel. Trade Romo to the Brownies for their second 1st round pic. The Brownies are use to the heartbreak. Here, it would just be in the last regular season game rather than the playoffs, like the good (bad?) old days.

  28. Remember the RG3 injury jokes that CowGirls fans made? Well now they will get a taste of their own medicine with Manziel, except quicker!

  29. Jerry may love him some Romo, but he loves him some Cowboys more than anything and if he thinks Manziel is the answer to get back to the playoffs, he will take Johnny football and kick Romo to the curb.

  30. Might be the best place for him since there aren’t any good defenses in the NFC East

  31. I could see it happening because Jerrah is more about publicity than winning. His proclamation that the 8-8 cowboys still had the highest tv ratings proved that.

  32. This would be a GREAT move for any other franchise. Romo is starting to age but has gas left in the tank. Manziel has some tools but he’s still very raw. (I said “has some”, not “is a”, but either or I guess)

    A SMART franchise would sit Manzeil behind Romo for a 2+ years like Rodgers, Brady etc and let him watch Romo’s actually similar, though more polished style of play.

    Problem. This is the Cowboys. Whomp whomp….

    They’d either never be forward thinking to do this, or never be able to actually do it properly. Wouldn’t manage the both of them, wouldn’t develop Manziel for crap. It would just be a giant circus.

  33. Financially, it’s the best draft pick they could pick up. Would easily have the top selling jersey in the state, probably even the entire league. Romo is on his way out much sooner than later

  34. Cowboys need to draft a QB of the future at some point. Manziel makes a little sense if he falls to them but they have more things to worry about so trading away picks to move up is ridiculous. And honestly, they’d be better off taking BPA and trying to win during the last couple years Romo is in his prime.

  35. I don’t know why so many would be that shocked to see him fall to 16. Nobody knows who the top QB taken will be or what team will even take a QB first. This is by far the most interesting draft I can remember in recent times.

  36. Now reports are he’s on Tampas want list at 7 so if they truly want him and he’s there Jerry’s gonna have to make a trade

  37. This is a classic example of the media trying to make a story when nothing in there. There is no way they will draft Manziel even if he drops to 16. If by chance he is still available they will either pass and draft the best defensive player on the board or they will trade down to get more picks with some other idiot GM that doesnt realize that Manziel has all the makings of a bust. QB’s with “Me First” attitudes and are to hung-over to help a kids football camp are a huge risk. Give me the guys like Romo who came from nowhere or Russell Wilson any day over primadonna’s like Manziel.

  38. He couldn’t do any worse than Romo. Consider:

    Every year, Romo throws for a tonne of yards and chokes away the game when it matters, costing the team the season.

    Last game of the season Romo is hurt so Orton plays. He throws for a tonne of yards and chokes away the game when it matters, costing the team the season. Pretty much pulling a “Romo”.

    Please tell me Manziel with all this flaws couldn’t make some plays but when it counts the most, choke away the season too.

    I honestly think he could step in next year and replace Romo’s choke with his own immediately, this solidifying his place in Dallas lore…

  39. Why would they? They already have Romo. Defense is the greater need. You could have Staubach and Aikman back there, and with that historically pathetic defense…it wouldn’t matter.

  40. Well isnt that cute.
    I dont like Manziel one bit as a player (or person), however I see his up side best case scenario as being a Tony Romo clone. Good not great, however I think he’ll end up more like Kellen Clemens.

  41. How people don’t see that Manziel is clearly going to be the first QB taken is beyond me.

    There is no way in hell he slides past Jacksonville. They need a Qb. They need exposure. Manziel is clearly the best and most NFL ready QB in the draft and he’s also would bring the most exposure.

    It seems like there are very few “Manziel to Jaguars” discussions even though it is obvious to any human with a pulse that they would not pass on him under any circumstance.

  42. JJ’s worst nightmare isn’t missing yet another playoff. It’s waking up and finding out people aren’t talking about him and don’t actually care about the Cowboys.

  43. You know Jerry wants him. That’s all they need him with Bryant their locker room will implode. Please please Jerry trade up and get him. Redskins nation will thank you from the bottom of our hearts. HTTR

  44. I highly doubt that the Cowboys will take Manziel in the first round. Jerry wants Garrett to succeed mainly so he can say, “I told you so.” So, he’s going to look to beef up the D and replace Ware and Hatcher rather than take a QB with no chance of pushing Romo as a starter.

    I look for them to take Garrapollo, Carr, or McCarron if they’re available in the later rounds.

  45. They could trade Romo to move up and get him! Lots of teams looking for a back up. The redskins could use an upgrade at QB!!!lol

  46. I guess the Tony Romo love is fleeting in Jerry’s World. If they do get Manziel, the back pages of the Dallas papers will start looking like the NY Post.

  47. cowboys would have to move up to get Johnny Football. But i can see Jurrah wanting to make the biggest splash by moving up to get him. then ESPN can talk ad nauseum about the Cowboys all weekend on how Romo and Manziel is a QB controversy. But in reality the Cowboys need help everywhere but QB.

  48. It’s that big splash pick Jerry Jones craves for sure. I like Manziel. He is a leader, competes to win, has a strong arm and is very mobile. Good wonderlic too.

    Not sure if Jerry can pull it off but I would like to see them move on from the forgettable Romo era.

  49. Unlike others I don’t believe Manziel will go in the first round, not even to Jerry Jones. Only Bortles will go in the first and the first part of the second round will see the remaining decent Qb’s go in the first couple picks.

  50. If they get Johnny Football, maybe I’ll start liking the Cowboys again. Growing up, they were my favorite team! Staubach! Newhouse! Dorsett! Hollywood Henderson! Golden Richards! Then, when Jerry Jones took over~disrespecting the legendary Tom Landry and Tex Schramm, I left and never came back. With this pick, I could like them again~a little, because Manziel is the man!

  51. He better take Manziel if it is anyway possible, Mr Jone will take Johnny. Can you imagine the excitement in the fan base. America’s Team will become World’s Team. Who can take us to the dance?

  52. Tony has never had competition. Johnny would push Romo. It would be so much fun and excitement. It’s only a nightmare for the media, they would be responsible for all the hype. I saw this kid play, honestly no one matches his skill set, he reminds me if Staubach. Those players don’t come along but every once and a while. Please get Manziel Mr Jones.

  53. Manziel will probably go to the Jaguars. As their record over the past many years shows, they do not have a good record of drafting. With their offensive line, Manziel would get killed!!! Jags need to get back to basics and try to get an offensive line.

  54. I think 2016 will be the year that Jerry Jones pulls the trigger @the quarterback position. Romo’s contract can’t be restructured.
    It would be awesome, if Manziel drops like Dez Bryant did in 2010.

  55. just went through these comments. the majority of people think manziel will fail and i can`t quite understand why they think that way. is it people just don`t like the guy? he is a winner, he is accurate, he can read defenses, he is athletic and loves the spotlight. i don`t get it. i wish the bills would get him.

  56. I like romo but the time has passed to win in dallas with him
    To trade romo to browns for the pick or jags is fine with me

  57. jerry doesn’t need an offensive line upgrade he just needs a quarterback better at running for his life. romo was the master of this in recent years but it’s caught up to him. seriously, invest in an offensive line for crying out loud then any serviceable QB will take you far.

  58. Johnny Manziel is a fine QB, no question about it but the Cowboys need defense. In spite of T.Romo’s crucial mistakes, he can put points on the board. The Cowboys can’t stop anyone from scoring. They need defensive players. J.Manziel would sale tickets no doubt about it. He would be an exciting pick but not a practible pick.

  59. Everyone (all the Manziel nuts) say it couldn’t happen but many of the experts say Manziel could drop out of the first round along with Bridgewater…..I’ll believe the experts. Jones may get his wish.

    The stupid part of Dallas talking Manziel is how badly they need defensive players. This would be a bad…but typical Jerry…move.

  60. I agree that there are O-line problems but they could score fairly easily. They couldn’t stop anyone. I think they should address the O-Line but the focus should be on defense.

  61. LOL, If say Dallas wants to trade down, for one reason or another, and they want to get the best value for the trade down, what better way than to let it ‘slip’ out to the media that they ‘love Manziel’ and are prone to take him if he falls to 16. Currently there are a LOT of teams that want to trade down for extra picks because this is ‘rumored’ to be a VERY deep draft, deepest in at least 25 years. That being the case, the value teams will get for trading down decreases (law of supply and demand, more teams want to trade down than trade up and the price for trading down goes down). All this is is Jerry playing the QB needy teams for a better deal. Most likely nothing will come of it because Manzeil likely goes in the top 10, but, should he fall, Jerry has set the stage for a better deal than he would otherwise get.

    If there isn’t a 1st rd talent (outside of QB) at 16 (and usually there are 15-16 1st rd graded guys in a typical draft), then sure, why not trade down for extra picks?

  62. God, Jerry just can’t help himself can he? I have a hard time seeing Manziel’s game translate to the next level; he’s more like the second coming of RGIII.

  63. Are people still blaming the o-line and defense for how pathetic Dallas has become?

    Romo played behind multiple pro-bowlers earlier in his career on the o-line, nothing to show for it. Cowboys have had top-10 overall defenses multiple times in Romo’s career. Nothing to show for it.

    No position on the field or off the field can prevent those crunchtime picks he’s going to throw. They’re automatic.

  64. As long as the Dallas Cowboys have this GM, they will continue to be a mediocre NFL product. I hope they waste a very high pick on Manziel, proving, once again, that Jerry Jones is an incompetent as they come.

  65. The cowboys have other needs to fill. Jerry of course would love all the attention Manziel will bring to his sorry team. For Johnny sake I hope he doesn’t end up on that dumpster fire of a team.

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