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Jerry Jones downplays need to select a QB in 2016 NFL Draft

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Jerry Jones attempted this week to put an end to the speculation that the Dallas Cowboys have no choice but to select a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.

With the Dallas Cowboys holding the No. 4 pick and executive vice president Stephen Jones hinting earlier this week that the team wouldn’t rule out taking a quarterback in the first round, the Cowboys owner wanted to pump the brakes a bit and point out that it isn’t a foregone conclusion that is how the draft will play out as he believes Tony Romo has a lot of good years left in him.

“There are many options,” Jones said, via NFL.com. “There’s free agency … We have to (draft a QB) to do what? We have to win a Super Bowl next year? Do we have to compete for a Super Bowl in the future? Do you have to have it in place after this draft? There’s no have-to here, in my mind, because we have the luxury of having Romo here for three, four, five more years.”

Expecting the 35-year-old Romo to play that many more years — and stay healthy — probably isn’t a viable plan, to say the least.

The Cowboys reportedly are drooling over North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, a 6-5, 232-pound quarterback with a rocket arm, at the Senior Bowl. Jason Garrett and his staff are coaching the North team, and with Wentz on the roster, the Cowboys will get a real close look at him.

On the other hand, reports out of Dallas indicate that Jones continues to be fascinated with Johny Manziel, and with his future with the Cleveland Browns a tenuous prospect at best, there’s always the chance Jones wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring the troubled quarterback into the fold.

Troy Aikman speculated earlier this week that he believes either Manziel or presumed-to-be Washington Redskins castoff Robert Griffin III will serve as Romo’s backup next season.

So would the Cowboys bring in one of those reclamation projects and draft a quarterback? Unlikely, but it’s never wise to assume anything about what Jerry Jones may or may not do.