Cowboys love Manziel, but Romo's the QB

February, 26, 2014
The Dallas Cowboys are in no need to upgrade the quarterback position.

How could they, seeing the amount of money spent on starter Tony Romo and backup Kyle Orton?

However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones were asked about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Each offered praise for Manziel, who is projected to be a top-five pick in May's NFL draft. But what would happen if Manziel fell in the first round and he got near No. 16, where the Cowboys are drafting? Would the Cowboys consider selecting him?

“We’ll never see him,” Jerry Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM Dallas/Fort Worth. “We couldn't get there if we traded three drafts to get him. But he's an outstanding player. The area I feel the best about our chances in is at our quarterback. And I feel that way for the next several years. The only exception to that being injury.”

Jones trying to diffuse further talk of drafting a quarterback went further.

“No doubt in my mind he’s going to be an outstanding NFL football player,” Jones said of Manziel. “But we have Tony Romo, and Tony Romo is our ticket. Manziel's ready to go. He can hit the ground running, as we've seen what these clubs over the last two years have done with quarterbacks with unique skills. The coach is going to do it his way. It’s just amazing to see the skill level that he’s got and his intensity of competition.”
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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