When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys and almost everything else: what Jerry Jones wants, Jerry Jones gets. So don’t be surprised if, somehow, the Cowboys end up with Johnny Manziel during the offseason.
Jones wanted Manziel badly during the 2014 draft. Desperately, even. In fact, he said he came “that close” to taking Manziel with the 16th pick, but cooler heads prevailed and the ‘Boys drafted Zack Martin to help protect Tony Romo, he of the brittle collarbones.
“I want you to know that almost as I was handing in the card, it was that close to putting that Manziel card in. It was that close,” Jones said in the summer of 2014. “I looked over to my son, Stephen . . . and I said, ‘I took the right pick. [Martin] was the top player by three players on our board at the time that we were sitting there looking at [Manziel]. … The question was, ‘Could we make it work with Tony Romo during the period of time that we are going to have Tony?’ And by the way, my expectations are that Tony will be our quarterback several years to come as we move along.”
Ever since then, Manziel has been an itch that Jones can’t scratch while, in Cleveland, Manziel has been an itch that commands immediate medical attention. And, Peter King estimates at MMQB.SI.com, “25 teams” probably wouldn’t claim him off waivers right now.
Manziel has turned up, again and again, in the wrong place at the wrong time and may have punched his ticket out of town by reportedly being spotted in Las Vegas on Saturday, then missing treatment for a concussion Sunday morning. It’s the second time he has skipped treatment on the last day of the season and the Browns, King reported on “Football Night in America,” have had it.
Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner out of Texas A&M, wants to go home, King says.
What are the chances Jones wouldn’t roll the dice on Manziel this time?
As Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News wrote last month, Jones does love a showman and Manziel, at times, has been that. Any decision on Manziel would be strictly by the gut. From Sherrington:
A prudent man would check out Manziel’s professional track record and weep for joy that he didn’t make the mistake the Browns did. He’d have seen the confirmation of what many suspected and thank heaven he drafted, say, one of the game’s best guards, Zack Martin, instead.
But a prudent man probably wouldn’t have bought the Cowboys in 1989, as Jerry rebuked Stephen when he talked him out of picking Manziel.
Whatever else you think of Jerry, he’s a man of vision, and this is the one he can’t get out of his head: Manziel running wild at Texas A&M, where he was, indeed, one of the most electrifying players ever to play college football. He made more out of nothing than all of your ex-wives put together.
See? He just doesn’t know how to quit Johnny.