Jerry Jones admits there 'was a big debate' about drafting Manziel

Jerry Jones really liked Johnny Manziel. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones really liked Johnny Manziel. (USATSI)

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It's hard to take Jerry Jones seriously. This isn't a new development but it seems like he spends his days plotting ways to troll the rest of us. The latest: Jones, the Cowboys owner and general manager, pretty much confirmed a recent report by author Jim Dent that team vice president (and Jerry's son) Stephen Jones had to rip the Johnny Manziel draft card from his father's hand during the first round of the NFL Draft in May.

"Figuratively speaking, it got close to that," Jerry Jones said Tuesday during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan. "It certainly was a big debate going on, if no place else other than my mind."

And that's the concern of every Cowboys fan on the planet. Of course, Jones was telling a different story shortly after the team used its first-round pick on offensive lineman Zack Martin.

"Frankly ... [picking Manziel] wasn't even a thought," he said at the time. "This was such an obvious football … decision."

And then, early in training camp, Jones first spun this yarn: "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," he admitted. "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."

According to Dent's report, Tony Romo was the biggest obstacle to the Cowboys taking Manziel.

"[Dent] was privy to someone that had my read pretty good in there, because ultimately that was the problem," Jones said. "Being behind Romo for those years and whether or not that was really the best way to use that pick."

But all's well that ends well, at least in Jerry World.

"I like where we ended up, but there's no doubt, there was a long thought, at least on my part," he said. "Stephen certainly had his ideas. The rest of the room had their ideas."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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