When Johnny Manziel entered the NFL Draft in 2014, rumors were that he could be pursued by the Dallas Cowboys, who’d experienced turbulent injury issues with their franchise QB, Tony Romo. However, Dallas bypassed their opportunity to select Texas’ own Johnny Football with the 16th pick, opting instead to pick up Zack Martin, an offensive guard from Notre Dame, and Manziel fell to #22, where he was selected by the Browns.
On Friday, Manziel was officially released by Cleveland as expected, following a roller coaster year that saw him check in and out of rehab, perform below-than-average on the field, be accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend, and appear on TMZ far more often than Browns brass would have hoped. Naturally, with free agency already in full swing, rumors surrounding Manziel have already picked up, but with teams like the Broncos and the Texans having already made their moves to secure their quarterbacks of the future, there are only a handful of destinations that still make sense for the Texas A&M album and former Heisman Trophy winner. So, once again, Dallas is an option.
It’s no secret that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones adores Manziel, and it’s hard to believe that he’ll pass up on a second chance to secure the volatile signal-caller. However, the Cowboys have acknowledged that until Johnny does good, they’re steering clear of offering him a spot on the team.
Dallas Morning News reported Dallas’ stance amid reports that Manziel was confident that he’d draw strong interest in the team.
A source said the club has no intention of bringing the former Heisman Trophy winner in for a visit or signing him now that he’s been released by Cleveland. That same source said the Cowboys won’t pursue the quarterback and doesn’t foresee the club having any serious discussions about him, “until he gets his life back in order.”