The Cleveland Browns, fresh off a 3-13 finish this year, are apparently “done” with quarterback Johnny Manziel and according to SI.com’s Peter King, the former first-round pick has aspirations to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com also tweeted remarks from owner Jimmy Haslam, who dropped a hint that the Browns could draft a quarterback in the spring.
This all stems from an incident earlier today, when it was reported that Manziel had been seen drinking and gambling in Las Vegas Saturday night but posted a picture of himself with a dog on Instagram that stated he was in Ohio. Regardless of what happened, the fact that he flat out did not show up to the game even to support teammates does not look good for him.
But what about King’s remarks about how Manziel wants to play for Dallas? He does indeed have ties to the Lone Star State, having played his college ball at Texas A&M and grown up in the San Antonio area, but let’s not forget that he would become Tony Romo’s backup playing for the Cowboys, not exactly an ideal situation for a former first-round pick with enough skills to potentially be quite the talented quarterback on the NFL level.
But this is where the conversation gets interesting. Romo is going to be 36 years old when the 2016 season starts and already has a reputation for both being injury prone and not coming through when it matters most. He also has quite a bit left on a six-year, $108 million contract extension he signed back in 2013, though that can be restructured, and Dallas should start preparing for life after Romo.
Enter Manziel who, if he were dealt to Dallas, would have a top-of-the-line receiver in Dez Bryant to throw to along with a fine tight end in Jason Witten. Given how his trade value is so low that Dallas could probably land him for a cooler of Gatorade and a sixth-round pick, Jerry Jones should definitely explore such a deal.
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