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Jerry Jones wants to help Johnny Manziel get life back on track


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is known for taking chances on troubled players but it appears he’s unwilling to go to those lengths at this time for Johnny Manziel. But Jones did express an openness to helping the quarterback get his life back on track.

Jones indicated on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that the Cowboys aren’t considering signing Manziel and that he has not spoken with the quarterback or his new agent, Drew Rosenhaus. He did say, however, that he is interested in helping Manziel and perhaps go from there.

“The overwhelming response and the overwhelming mentality is for him, if we’re involved in any way, to help and encourage him to get it together, to get his issue improved because those issues, in my mind, not talent, are why he is free today,” via “It’s those issues, and those issues are the overriding consideration here, and how and what basis that those can be dealt with and addressed.”

Manziel’s professional football career is in serious jeopardy after being unceremoniously cut loose by the Cleveland Browns after two seasons of off-the-field distractions. But even more troubling at this time is how Manziel is facing assault charges related to an alleged incident involving ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

Recent reports indicate that Manziel is considered “untouchable” by NFL teams unless he seeks treatment. And despite Rosenhaus’ insistence that “several” teams are interested in Manziel, teams are holding off on doing anything related to pursuing the third-year quarterback until his pending domestic assault case is resolved in some capacity, which conceivably would allow the NFL to impose some kind of possible punishment as a consequence, as noted earlier this week by Ian Rapoport.

With all that in mind, Jones — who has been enamored with Manziel ever since he came out of Texas A&M — appears to be in lockstep with the rest of the NFL as it pertains to Manziel’s uncertain future in the league. But that doesn’t mean the Cowboys owner isn’t interested in helping Manziel as a person, not a football player. At least for now.

“I would in any way offer to help him work to be where we all are rooting for him to be, which is having a successful life and football career,” he said. “I would do that. You say, ‘Well, is that because of football?’ Well, I might not have been aware of this, had it not been for football. I’m aware of it.

“With that, with me, comes a motivation, if it’s appropriate within the rules or within the guidelines of the NFL, if we can be of help in the promise of being a part of the NFL through the Cowboys, I certainly look to that. But … I don’t even dare, right now, go into picturing him in a training camp or an OTA or him in a ballgame. You don’t go there.”