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Stephen Jones: Johnny Manziel ‘not an option’ for Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys may or may not ultimately decide to bring in another quarterback after losing backup Kellen Moore to injury. But one quarterback the team apparently will not take a look at is the unemployed Johnny Manziel, so says Stephen Jones.

The Cowboys COO, Executive VP and Director of Player Personnel confirmed as much during an interview this week with ESPN East Texas, stating Manziel is “not an option,” per a report from The Dallas Morning News.

Given that Manziel faces a four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy — if a team ever decides to take a chance on him — signing the troubled 23-year-old wouldn’t make sense for the Cowboys.  Moore, the team’s expected backup heading into the season, suffered a broken right fibula this week and is expected to be out as long as four months. The Cowboys can ill-afford to sign a quarterback who would miss the first quarter of the season.

The case can be made that the Cowboys put themselves in a situation where Manziel was even brought up in the first place, primarily due to Jerry Jones’ frequent fawning over the former Texas A&M star.

It doesn’t help, either, that Manziel recently expressed great interest in joining the Cowboys.

As it stands, the Cowboys Cowboys are left with Jameill Showers and rookie Dak Prescott as options to back up Tony Romo.  Despite the arguably grim prospect of beginning the season with those two quarterbacks sitting behind Romo on the depth chart, Jerry Jones insisted the Cowboys are “not in that big a hurry” to bring in a veteran quarterback.

“We don’t have to be and shouldn’t be as urgent as it might look like,” Jones said. “We don’t know that we are void on campus with our backup quarterback at all.”

What the Cowboys ultimately decide to do at the quarterback position remains to be seen. But one thing appears to be certain: Johnny Manziel — who made a sobriety pledge earlier this summer only to reportedly break it recently — shouldn’t expect a call from the team.