Report: The Dallas Cowboys Will “Figure Out A Way” To Get Johnny Manziel

The Johnny Manziel-to-the-Dallas Cowboys rumor started up about a week ago. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is clearly infatuated with the idea of the former Heisman winner playing professionally in his home state, and with Tony Romo recovering from back surgery at age 34, Dallas’ future behind center is a bit muddied. 

Now, roughly a week and a half until the NFL Draft begins on May 8, one person is claiming that Jones will “figure out a way” to get the former Texas A&M quarterback. 

In the report, CBS’ Jim Nantz tells ESPN Cleveland that he’s long heard that Manziel will, somehow, end up in Dallas.

“I can say this, he’s going to be the guy everyone wants to see. I’ve heard this rumor for a month — the Cowboys will figure out a way to get Manziel,” Nantz said. “Wherever Manziel goes, there is going to be more clamoring about Johnny Manziel than there would be about Blake Bortles going No. 1 or [Jadeveon] Clowney going No. 1, or anyone else. This is a guy that there’s just a tremendous interest in everything he does.”

The Cowboys hold the No. 16 pick in the first round, so they’d likely have to trade up to get Manziel. The idea still seems incredibly unlikely to many, with Romo producing at a high level and having multiple years left on his $108 million deal, and Dallas having bigger needs, like the defensive line. 

It’s certainly a storyline to continue to watch, though. 


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Andrew Holleran is an editor at College Spun.