Cowboys: Do The Cowboys Really Want To Draft A QB?

Jan 9, 2016; Frisco, TX, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass in the third quarter against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the FCS Championship college football game at Toyota Stadium. North Dakota State won the championship 37-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Frisco, TX, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass in the third quarter against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the FCS Championship college football game at Toyota Stadium. North Dakota State won the championship 37-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

If the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft Johnny Manziel two years ago, how could they not want to do the same now?

It’s an open secret that owner and general manager Jerry Jones covets free-agent quarterback Johnny Manziel. We heard how son Stephen Jones had to snatch the Manziel draft card out of the hand of the elder Jones at the very last minute during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Before Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns just weeks ago, and before all of his legal troubles, there were whispers of the Cowboys pursuing Manziel anyway.

Out of all of the quarterbacks in the NFL, for some rhyme or reason, Jones wanted Manziel. Maybe it’s because of his playing style, or perhaps because he’s a native Texan, a former Texas A&M Aggie.

There are better quality signal callers than “Johnny Football”, especially to back up incumbent starting quarterback Tony Romo. With the flashy Manziel playing for the Cowboys, it’s hard to imagine Manziel sitting on the bench for several seasons.

That leads to my question that no one has asked before.

If Jones wanted to draft Manziel two years ago when Romo was somewhat healthy, why wouldn’t the Cowboys draft a quarterback now that Romo has suffered through even more injuries since the multiple back procedures over the last few years? Let’s just say that 2015 was a real eye-opener.

It’s a legit question that deserves an answer.  That’s why I believe Jones wants to draft a quarterback with the Cowboys number four pick. If Jones and the Cowboys’ brass don’t use their highest pick on a signal caller, expect them to draft one in the second or third round. A quarterback chosen later isn’t likely to even make the team, right?

When Jones wants a player, Jones gets his player. It’s that simple. Although Manziel is a troubled young man, Jones said before he considered signing Manziel and that he wants the former Heisman winner to get his life back on track.

This is more than Jerry the classic enabler. This is an owner crying out loud that he wants a quarterback. Not a backup quarterback, but a quarterback to take over if Romo gets hurts.

I seriously doubt Manziel will suit up for Dallas, but I will ask CowboysNation this question: If the elder Jones is still singing the praises of Manziel, a quarterback with all types of issues, what does that say about the quarterback position?

On one hand, Jones believes Romo can play five more years, despite the Pro Bowler breaking his collar bone twice last season and having a surgically repaired back. On the other hand, Jones gives every indication he would sign Manziel if the opportunity presented itself.

Like I stated before, Manziel isn’t the bench-warmer type. Mr. Johnny Football isn’t riding the bench for five seasons for anyone, let alone one season. Heck, Manziel can’t even stay in rehab long enough to correct his alcoholism.

If you don’t believe this is the case, just follow the Manziel love affair and it clearly points to Jones wanting a quarterback. Since Jones can’t use Manziel’s services anytime soon, he’ll focus on drafting a top-notch signal caller in April.

As much grief as everyone gives Jones for his meddling ways, which he greatly deserves, the general manager is far from stupid. Jones remembers the horrific aftermath that followed the release and subsequent retirement of Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman in 2001. Nobody was prepared for that and nothing similar should happen again.

That organizational mishap haunted Jerry for years.

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Jones waited in agony for six long years before Romo brought the franchise a face at quarterback. The owner won’t let that happen ever again. Nor will Jones allow the Cowboys to be stuck with below average backup quarterbacks.

Jones has witnessed Romo going down with injuries in previous years that derailed Dallas’ season and playoff hopes, ’08 and ’10 being the best examples. In 2013, Romo missed the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a bad back, resulting in a season-ending loss.

In ’15, the Cowboys finished with a disappointing 4-12 record. We all watched the putrid play of backup quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel, with only Kellen Moore playing fairly well to end the season.

As far as Moore being Dallas’ future franchise quarterback, the former Boise State star sample size isn’t large enough., although he did play far better than Weeden and Cassel.

Those reasons alone suggests that Jones and company wants a quarterback badly. Of course, everyone believes the Cowboys should draft a pass rusher with their first pick. I would agree had Romo not broken his collar bone for the third time in his career while also playing with a surgically repaired back.

As great as Romo is, he’s picked up that dreaded label athletes hate with a passion, ‘injury-prone.’ As much as Jones believes in Romo’s durability, the general manager has to be greatly concerned because if Jones wasn’t worried, there would be no talk of Manziel and his foolish behavior coming to Dallas.

Another reason the Cowboys might draft a quarterback is because of the rare opportunity of having a high draft pick. In reality, with a healthy Romo as quarterback, Dallas won’t get anywhere near a top-10 pick. So why not take advantage of the situation now?

Instead of the Cowboys bypassing a talented franchise quarterback, why not take a page from the Indianapolis Colts playbook? When Peyton Manning injured his neck and his career was thought to be over, owner Jim Irsay immediately cut ties and drafted franchise quarterback Andrew Luck and never looked back.

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I suggest the Dallas Cowboys do something similar with Tony Romo. Don’t cut him, but draft his future replacement.

If not, Jerry Jones will look back in regret because it’ll be the ‘Troy Aikman saga’ all over again.