We joked last week that whatever Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones might say about quarterback Tony Romo's importance to the team's playoff chances in 2014, nobody would be surprised if he took Johnny Manziel in next week's NFL Draft.
After a weekend of media and fan speculation on the matter, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones was asked Monday about Manziel finding his way to Dallas.
“There's not anything I can say about it,” he told 105.3 The Fan (via the Dallas Morning News). “We haven't quite gotten into sorting out the quarterbacks yet, that will come, in terms of finalizing our board.”
The Cowboys currently have the No. 16 pick, though most mock drafts have Manziel off the board before then. (Four out of five of the latest CBSSports.com mocks have Manziel going fourth overall to Cleveland.)
“The only thing I'll say about Johnny Manziel is he obviously had a great career in college, one of the greatest college football players that I've watched in terms of exciting and being a great competitor,” Jones said. “Those are things we'll work through and there's a lot of things that go into where you ultimately put a player on your board.”
So if Manziel somehow happens to be on the board when the Cowboys go on the clock, then what?
“I think those are all things that we'll have to work out,” Jones continued. “Purely speculation.”
Jeff Sullivan, of DallasCowboys.com, hears from "the highest of authorities" (hmmm) that Manziel isn't in the plans.
For the record, I'm not guessing on the Cowboys not drafting Manziel. I was told absolutely no by the highest of authorities.— Jeff Sullivan (@SullyBaldHead) April 28, 2014
Meanwhile, TheMMQB.com's Peter King believes the Cowboys have legitimate interest in the former Texas A&M standout.
"I absolutely buy Dallas' interest in Manziel," King wrote in his weekly MMQB column. "One: He is Jerry Jones's kind of guy, and I believe Jones all along has had half an eye on Manziel, particularly if he could get him at a bargain position -- say, the middle of the second round. I don't believe Manziel will make it out of the first round, of course, but Jones could be sorely tempted at No. 16 overall if Manziel were there. Two: Tony Romo turned 34 last Monday, and his back is balky and twice surgically repaired, and Troy Aikman has been sounding the clarion call about the dangers of fooling with a bad back. Three: See number one."
We'll find out one way or another in 10 days.