Sep 3, 2009; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Vince Manuwai (67) pass blocks against Washington Redskins defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (94) at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Cowboys 2012 Free Agent Watch: OG Vincent Manuwai

Continuing my 2012 Free Agent watch, I am well aware of the lack of depth on the Cowboys’ offensive line. Bernadeu is a big question mark being on the PUP list and with the injury to Kowalskis’ foot, I feel the Cowboys could use a solid vet in the rotation. In this article I will Profile Vincent Manuwai for the offensive guard position.


Vincent Manuwai OG

DEC 6, 2009; Jacksonvile, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Vince Manuwai (67) reacts between plays during the game against the Houston Texans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

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Manuwai is a native of Hawaii and attended Farrington High School, where he lettered 3 times each in football and track and field and once in basketball. In football, he earned All-Conference and All-State honors and in track and field, he was All-League in the shot put, and first team All-League and second team All-State in the discus throw. Manuwai graduated from Farrington High School in 1999.

Manuwai attended the University of Hawaii, where he played for the Hawaii Warriors. He was a three-year starter and played every position on the offensive line. He was ranked one of the best pass protectors in the country and didn’t allow a single sack in his last 35 games as a starter. He also had 60 knockdowns to his credit. Manuwais’ honors include: All-America first-team as selected by College Football News as a senior, All-WAC first-team as selected by the coaches and he received the Warrior Club Award as the team’s best player.

Manuwai was selected in the 3rd round of the 2003 NFL draft, 72nd overall, by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was one of the primary components in the Jaguars’ rushing attack. He was a day one starter and up until the end of 2007, he started all but one game. Manuwai was the most successful player on the offensive line. With him at guard, the Jaguars offense rushed for for 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 in 2007, but unfortunately, in 2008 he sustained injuries to both his ACL and MCL and was placed on IR for the remainder of the season.

Manuwai returned in 2009 and spent the season recovering from his injury, but he struggled. So in 2010, he was replaced as the starter by Justin Smiley, but he got the starting job back when Smiley was injured in October. Once again he returned to form and became a major factor in the return of Jacksonville’s dominant running game. Manuwai was released by Jacksonville On July 29th, 2011.

DEC 6, 2009; Jacksonvile, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Vince Manuwai (67) awaits the snap count against the Houston Texans during the game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

In March of 2012 he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an insurance policy, but due to the emergence of younger players like Peter Konz ( Joe Hawley, Mike Johnson and Andrew Jackson also are in the mix), the amount of depth they have at the position, and the need for space at another position, he was released on July 29th.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys don’t have the luxury of so much depth at the guard position. With big question marks surrounding the health of Bernadeu and Kowalski, the lack of strength and development of Arkin, and the fact that Leary has never played a down in the NFL (combined with the risk of his knee giving out at any time), I feel it would be in the best interest of the Cowboys to bring a solid veteran.

He has 105 career starts, has been considered one of the best run-blocking guards in the NFL, and is also a solid pass protector. He would definitely be an improvement over the players the Cowboys currently have at their disposal.

The Cowboys biggest weakness on offense has been the running game. Especially on short yardage situations and in the red zone (Manuwais’ strong point, Nate Living’s weakness). I find it hard to believe that bringing him in on a 1 or 2 year deal while we develop a young guard is not going to help this team. The worst case scenario, we have a lower priced, but solid guard (an insurance policy) who can mentor the young guys. All I can say is:


“Bring Him In For A Look Jerry Jones”.



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  • Gary

    I’ve always been a fan of Manuwai. I’d love for them to give him a look.

  • californy

    First of all great article Cowgirl and a nice find in Vincent Manuwai OG. I was looking at Jacksonville Roster. I found something very interesting. They have 6 players who can play more than two positions. They also have 2 additional players who play multiple positions. That a total of 8 OL who play more than one position. I started looking at the Running game, and I saw a RB despite his size at 5-7 in height, was a RB who only getting better. The player is Maurece Drew Jones. Yeah either his yardage has gone up every year or his average per carry. That tell me they have a good OL, who is geared toward the running game.
    This team can use some more yards in their running game and despite his age, could be a good player player for us. I also see why they let him go. First the age has something to do with it and the fact he a little bigger than most of their OL may be another. But the facts are fact behind Manuwai the team average 4.5 yards per running play and 134.5 yards per game

  • J

    From your lips to JJ’s ears Cas. Dude sounds perfect for our team at this point.

  • jarmy34

    Nothing like a big atheletic o lineman. Basketball, track and football give the man a chance JJ……..and T.O. you know he is in shape and hungry(holmes)…..

  • californy

    This OL is going to see it first real test later today when they go with pad for the first time. i wonder if Hatcher still exposes our tackles. They say Alex Albright is taking the center and Guard to town. What going to happen when our starter go up against this OL. Philly and G Men are going to feast on Romo. It would be a good idea to get more QB with this OL. Our back up lack expereince and talent, the only thing they have going for them is there young. Young doesnt mean they are good. I rather deal with Old and expereince OL in Player like Gurode Center, Holland & Kozier as this team Guard. No matter how you look at it, JJ will leave Tony Romo expose to the NFL this year. By the way dont forget this Draft was Romo friendly. lol

  • osnappp

    After hearing the news that felix jones could not pass his conditioning test i think a better runningback should be looked at. It is extremely disappointing to me. I think he is now officially a bust. He was out of shape last year and took himself out of plays to catch is breath when he was suppose to be a starter. there is just no excuse for it. he doesn’t know how to take a hit without getting injured and he’s never really learned how to break a tackle. At the very least let him hit the market. He obviously is not gearing up for his contract year. let him disapoint another team…

    • californy

      I have a RB for you, I have been talking about him for a while, he is on the NO saints Roster Bubble. The player is Chris Ivory 222 6-0 4.49 RB, who just turn 24 years old. He has 1090 yards in two season, averages 4.7 yards per carry. Ivory is currently 3-4 String for NO, he is a tough runner. He is buried in their team depth. I say offer them a 6th rd draft pick or Felix and a 4th RD draft pick from NO. I say trade Anthony Spencer to NO along with Felix for Ivory and DE Cameron Jordon. I doubt they will let Jordon go, but you never know unless you offer this deal. Just keep in mind Spencer may be a better DE than he is a LB. Cameron was their first RD pick last year, he had marginal sucess there.

  • californy

    It look like another Guard went down with Living Hyper extended Knee. i wonder what it will take for the Jones to bring in some better players. The scout has already talk with Jones about it. They know about Jeff faine, Jason brown centers and I hope they read your article about Manuwai.