Why Cowboys didn't pursue Manning

October, 4, 2013
10/04/13
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IRVING, Texas -- With Peyton Manning setting the world on fire this season, fans across the NFL are wondering why their team didn't make more of a play for the future Hall of Fame quarterback in free agency.

Many questioned whether Manning would be Manning again after he missed the 2011 season with a neck injury. Clearly he is, and perhaps he's better. He landed with the Broncos last season and posted a 13-3 record in his return to action.

The Cowboys never got into the mix for Manning, but it should be noted that Manning’s agency also represents Tony Romo. They were not about to cost one client a job with a high-profile team for another client's sake. Yes, Tim Tebow also had the same representation, but the circumstances are much different.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was asked Friday, in an appearance on KRLD-FM, why the Cowboys did not make an attempt to go after Manning.

"I was so committed to Romo, so committed to his future," Jones said. "Of course, Peyton has been a friend for a long time and someone we respect a lot. There were a lot of moving parts during that particular time. The real reason it didn’t work out is because we are as committed as we are to Tony."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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