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May 06, 2014

Jerry Jones plans to resist of temptation of Johnny Manziel to win now with Tony Romo

There has been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys would do if Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel slipped to them with the 16th overall pick in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft.

It seems to most like a match made in JerryWorld heaven: Jones, the ultimate salesman and Manziel, the lighten-rod player whom people can't seem to get enough of.

Although the Cowboys have a franchise quarterback in Tony Romo and a plethora of other needs on the defensive side of the ball, the common thinking is that there is no way Jones would or could resist.

Well let Jones tell it, the chances of the Cowboys drafting Manziel are about has slim as Jimmy Johnson returning as coach.

He likes what the Cowboys have in Romo and his primary focus is to win now, not start over with a rookie quarterback, no matter how many more tickets Manziel could potentially sell with his exciting play and off the field flamboyance. 

"I"m not that gunned up over what a rookie quarterback could do for us this year," Jones said. "That takes time. This is not rebuilding time."

Jones said the quarterback position is a strength for the Cowboys, not just with Romo but with Kyle Orton and Brandon Weedon as the primary backups.

"It is logical that your position of strength or viewed as a strength would certainly not qualify for the most need in the first or second or early rounds," Jones said. "It does not qualify for the biggest need. I will go as far as to say it is not our primary goal in the first round to be looking at a quarterback," Jones said. "We've got a good one."

Jones however is excited about the possibility of Manziel being on the draft board when the Cowboys pick at 16 _ not to draft him but rather because of the opportunities it opens for possibly trading back and adding more picks.

"If you look when you draft relative to the qualifications the best player on the board, then that opens it up for a lot of dynamics going on there," Jones said. "As far as quality quarterbacks, we're stacking them up if we draft (one) in my mind."

 Clarence Hill


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