Jerry Jones said he was surprised Johnny Manziel was available when the Cowboys were picking at No. 16.
But that wasn’t what surprised him most.
“I was even more surprised that the fact that he was there didn’t bring on a bonanza of offers that would have given us, maybe, more options,” Jones said Thursday night after the Cowboys took Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin. “What I was also surprised by was we had the option to take Martin.”
Jones said the Cowboys spent “eight or nine minutes” looking at chances to trade back. He said they had both firm and “semi-offers.” Eventually, the quality of Martin and the chance to protect quarterback Tony Romo swayed them, Jones said.
“I think that Tony has everything to do with this decision,” Jones said. “If you look at the difficult dynamic of giving up this type, this player, that really enhances what we can do on offense and what Tony can do for the future, it didn’t make sense.”
Jones said Martin’s availability actually made it easier for the Cowboys to decide against a trade.
“This would have been a lot tougher decision had a player of that caliber, a player that we had rated where we had him rated, it would have been a lot tougher decision looking at a trade offer,” he said.
-- Carlos Mendez