For 10 minutes or so, the dream looked real. Even with millions upon millions upon millions of dollars sunk into Tony Romo, Jerry Jones might take Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Alas the dream died when Dallas did the smart thing and took Zack Martin. If you listen to Jerrah it was always a pipe dream to begin with anyway. Jones said the Cowboys "didn't spend a lot of time" thinking about drafting Manziel.
"Romo, by contract as well as by commitment, is going to be certainly the quarterback for several years to come," Jones said. "Don't care who we drafted, that's the way it was going to be. So that's what was going through our minds. That's why we didn't spend a lot of time considering Manziel."
It's nice to see Jones being realistic about this. Taking Manziel would've set back an average franchise another three or four years. The Cowboys finished 8-8 the last three years largely due to them not having strong talent across the board. Throw an extraneous quarterback on the roster -- when Romo can't be cut or traded because of his contract -- and "mired in mediocrity" sounds like an upside phrase.
They would've sold tickets, but it's not like the Cowboys have an unlimited supply of those to go around.
"John Madden once told me when I was telling him about this idea of personalities and being involved with the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said. "He said, 'Jerry, the Cowboys have all the flash, have all the visibility that you could ever conjure up. Make your decisions, get the best players and coaches that win the games. You got all the rest you'd want. You don't need to have big-time flash to be involved in the NFL and be successful in the league.' I've always remembered that.
"No, frankly that [picking Manziel] wasn't even a thought. This was such an obvious football … decision."
It would've been truly, truly glorious if Jones pulled the trigger on Manziel. But it would've also been a massive train wreck for Dallas.
Kudos to the Cowboys for spoiling our fun by doing the smart thing.