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Report: Cowboys, 49ers, Rams have ‘looked hard’ at Johnny Manziel

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With Johnny Manziel’s future with the Cleveland Browns uncertain at best, reports indicate that several teams have “looked hard” at perhaps taking a flier on the troubled but talented second-year quarterback.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said during an appearance Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show” that the St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers could be teams that might have an interest in Manziel.

It’s interesting how Schefter threw in Chip Kelly’s name as well, but didn’t mention the Philadelphia Eagles, although that probably means little. Unless it does. And Schefter played a hand in the debate concerning Kelly’s future in Philly, no matter how much he denies it.

While every team mentioned certainly has a need for a quarterback either now — the Rams are nowhere near settled at the quarterback, even after acquiring Nick Foles via trade and signing him to an extension; and Colin Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers is as unclear as Manziel’s is in Cleveland — or down the road, as is the case with the Cowboys.

Should the Browns decide to part ways with Manziel due to the many distractions caused and mistakes made during his short but controversial tenure with the team, the Cowboys arguably are the most logical choice.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made it abundantly clear he remains intrigued by Manziel’s prospects as a pro, and on more than one occasion has expressed some semblance of regret with not drafting him when he had the chance. Add that to the Cowboys’ need at some point to prepare for life after Tony Romo, who will be 36 when the 2016 NFL season gets underway. Jones even said recently that Manziel could have been Romo’s successor.

If there’s a chance he could pull it off, there’s no reason to doubt that Jones would love to make a huge splash in the offseason by acquiring Manziel. But that would mean the Browns would have given up on Manziel, and that’s not all that clear just yet, either.