The matter of whether the Browns add a quarterback, be it a rookie like Marcus Mariota or a veteran like Sam Bradford, is one of the top storylines of the 2015 NFL Draft. And should Cleveland draft or trade for a quarterback, the future of Johnny Manziel would perhaps come into question.
However, if the Browns intend to move Manziel, a published report claims a seemingly logical trade partner would not pursue the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys are not inclined to deal for Manziel if he’s available.
The Cowboys’ current backup, Brandon Weeden, was a first-round pick of Cleveland in 2012. He is in the final year of his deal and is set to make $660,000 in base salary in 2015, per NFLPA records.
Manziel is under contract for three more seasons at relatively affordable base salaries, with $1.29 million in 2017 the upper bound. The Browns have an option to extend his deal through 2018.
Manziel struggled as a rookie, and his preparation came under criticism. Earlier this offseason, he received professional treatment earlier for undisclosed personal issues. Manziel has since returned to the Browns, and he has garnered praise from respected left tackle Joe Thomas for his approach to his craft.
Nevertheless, any club considering Manziel would have much to weigh, including whether his daring style of play would fit its offense. And for whatever the reasons, we apparently can rule out Dallas as a possible trade suitor for the former Texas A&M star.