When Johnny Manziel fell to the Cowboys’ 16th overall pick in this year’s draft, the world rejoiced that the perfect pairing of exhaustively covered team and exhaustively fretted-about quarterback was about to be realized. Johnny Football would be the ol’ Double J’s next BRIGHT SHINING STAR. There were reports at the time that Jones would do anything to acquire Manziel. It was a perfect fit.
Alas, it was not to be. Dallas ended up making a decidedly un-Dallas pick, selecting Notre Dame guard/tackle Zack Martin, who just might help shore up the Cowboys line, though it will have come at the price of Sean Lee being sidelined for the season.
Immediately following the draft, Jones told the media that there wasn’t even a thought about drafting Manziel. Even if the world wanted to believe that Manziel to Dallas was a given, there were plenty of reasons to understand why it didn’t happen. The team has too much money tied up with Tony Romo over the next few years and too many other positions that need addressing. As hard as it was to believe, Jerry Jones avoided the big splash pick in favor of a conservative one.
That’s just the sort of thing that might convince the most gullible among us that Jerry Jones still possesses a shred of sanity. At least until Jones went onto NFL Network on Sunday to contradict himself and claim he was oh-so close to taking Manziel.
“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. “I looked over to my son, Stephen, our chief executive officer, and I said ‘I took the right pick.’ … He was the top player by three players on our board at the time that we were sitting there looking at him.”
Once again, Jerry Jones is crazy, full of shit and desperately courting attention. A damn shame he didn’t end up with Manziel, though. It would have been magical.