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Tony Romo wasn’t worried that Johnny Manziel would take his job

Jerry Jones and his son, Stephen Jones, in the Cowboys’ war room on Day 1 of the NFL draft. (Ron Jenkins / AP)

If Tony Romo was worried that the Dallas Cowboys might draft Johnny Manziel with an eye toward replacing him with Johnny Football, he wasn’t showing it.

Romo, 34, is recovering from two back surgeries in the last two years, but he’s still firmly entrenched as the team’s starter. Instead of drafting Manziel, who was right there for the taking when the Cowboys’ turn arrived at No. 16, Jerry Jones opted for — Gasp! Who is this Jerry Jones?– Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin despite visits with Manziel that had the sports world buzzing.

Romo, Stephen Jones, Jerry’s son and the team’s executive vice-president, told Mad Dog Sports Radio’s Adam Schein on Wednesday, was unfazed.

“His response is, as you might expect from Tony — it was: ‘Well, if you decide to, it ain’t going to matter. There’s not anybody out there that can beat me out.'”

With Manziel landing in Cleveland, Romo won’t have to worry, not with Brandon Weeden, Kyle Orton and Caleb Hanie on the roster now.

Romo underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk, the same procedure Tiger Woods had,  in December and will have limited participation in the off-season program.

“He’s as excited as he has ever been,” Stephen Jones said. “He really likes what Scott Linehan has in mind for our offense. He feels like with the moves we made during the draft and solidifying our offensive line and some of the weapons we have, he’s never been more excited about our football team in terms of what we can get accomplished.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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