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Should the Cowboys Consider Johnny Manziel, Again?

Brian Martin

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Should the Cowboys Consider Johnny Manziel, Again?

I kind of hate myself for writing this, but I think the topic of Johnny Manziel and the Dallas Cowboys has to be at least discussed. After all, there was a mutual interest between the two and one point, but a lot has changed since then.

Once upon a time, Jerry Jones wanted to make Johnny Manziel the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, but was fortunately convinced otherwise. The Cowboys ended up drafting Zack Martin instead, and the rest is history… Or is it?

Johnny Manziel ended up getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but we all know how that turned out. He pretty much did everything in his power to end his NFL career, whether it was intentional or not. I honestly don't know if I've ever seen someone dismantle their career as quickly as he did.

Johnny Manziel

QB Johnny Manziel (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

We all know how "troubled" Manziel was since entering the league, and probably back to his collegiate days at Texas A&M. It's all well-documented and he seemed to be a regular on TMZ. With his past troubles, it didn't really look as if he would get another chance in the NFL. But, it's funny how things can change with time.

Believe it or not, Johnny "Football" is back in the headlines as he tries to make his comeback. He has already thrown passes to receivers at University of San Diego's Pro Day, and will throw again at Texas A&M's Pro Day.

It certainly looks as if he is serious about turning his life around. He is doing and saying the right things, which is a step in the right direction. But, can he be fully trusted? That's the ultimate question teams will have to answer for themselves.

With all of that in mind, should the Dallas Cowboys consider him, again?

Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel

Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel

I don't know about you, but I'm personally on the fence. I used to love watching Manziel play during his time at Texas A&M. The argument could be made he is one of the most exciting collegiate players to play the game, at least in my lifetime.

Unfortunately, things didn't work out for him at the next level. His demons finally caught up to him and might just have ended his career before it really began.

The Dallas Cowboys don't really have a clear need at the quarterback position. Like it or not, Dak Prescott is their starting QB and their future. Behind him, Cooper Rush has shown he's worth keeping around and could become a really solid QB2.

The Cowboys will still likely bring in another QB or two as a camp arm, or someone else they think they can develop. Could Johnny Manziel be that type of player?

Well, if he's serious about making his return to the NFL, it might be his best and only shot.

He is already publicly stated he is willing to play for free on the practice squad in order to prove himself, and I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly show some interest.

This would definitely be one of those risk/reward situations we have seen the Cowboys take in the past. It's not something that needs to happen, but it could end up paying off.

Would you take a chance on Johnny Manziel?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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17 Comments
  • Stuart Brereton

    I totally disagree with bringing Johnny Manziel on to the team. The team needs no further distractions, we have two young quarterbacks that are the future of the team. If we want to bring in another arm for practice situations, we could sign a veteran back up that don’t bring the issues that Manziel would.

    • Brian Martin

      Stuart, I can see the positives and negatives of both sides. I don’t think I would personally bring Manziel aboard if I was the Cowboys, but I would understand why they would.

  • Randy Martin

    Animal cruelty is one of the chief reasons that the 3-ring circus is dying across America. Johnny Manziel is another 3-ring circus and we don’t need him to come to town. Did you draw the short straw in this one? Every team in the league has staffs that cover their team and I’m sure similar articles will appear especially after A&M’s pro day. Jerry has done some things over the years that made us scratching our head. This would make me question my loyalty. I’m happy for the man that he “seems” to be getting his life together saying all the right things but NO we don’t need the distraction he would bring. Sorry that you had to be the one to write this.

    • Brian Martin

      I didn’t draw the short straw, but I thought the topic should at least be discussed. I don’t think the Cowboys will bring in Manziel, or should, but some team may be willing to take the chance. I wouldn’t be terribly upset if the Cowboys did take a chance on him though. He’d make a good PS QB.

  • Raggedy Ann

    Hope Cowboys call Manziel and give him a shot….YES!

  • Reggie Ward

    What happened to second chances in America? Make a mistake and it is suppose to be over. No matter the sport. At least it seems that way to me. I am a TAMU fan and huge Johnny Football fan. I am also a Dallas Cowboys fan. So the idea of a QB from my favorite college team playing for my favorite pro team is a dream. But, reality is…I’d want to see Johnny play, not ride the bench.

    In turn, signing with the Boys is not ideal in my opinion. If we did and maybe our coaches can put in the good word for Manziel then it is worth it.

  • Matthew Harrell

    Mullenax!!! Stop hacking Brian’s account!

  • freeradio

    Dez is enough for any one team … let Johnny Football be someone else’s problem child.

  • ghetto eskimo

    Brian, IMO, we just don’t need those distractions, we have finally gotten the Zeke noise to die down, lets just focus on NFL, not TMZ!!!

  • KillaKlown210

    This kid is done, stop wasting time on this guy. He had his shot and blew it.

  • NastyShug

    Nope! Hell no! F#%k no! And don’t ask that again!

  • David Castle

    Jerry is known for giving players 2nd chances . We are suppose to be able to forgive and move on with our lives . we were put here to love each other and help each other if needed and have the capacity of doing so . We could use a 2nd/3rd string QB on our team but i would prefer one with a little NFL experience . But wouldn’t be shocked if Jerry see’s it as getting 1st round talent in the 6th round or 7th . Thats Jerry , a gambler !

  • David Allgood

    If people believe Dak is the answer they are clearly delusional. He is at best a backup. Take Manziel or bring Romo back if the defence is fixed and we can win now

    • Stuart Brereton

      Yeah right!
      Manziel was 3-7 as a starter. Dak is 13-3 and 9-7.
      Romo’s days are over, he’s retired, get over it!

      • David Allgood

        Teams put pressure on Dak he will turn it over . He doesn’t have the arm strength and he can’t read defences. He’s a Donovan McNabb choker By the way Romo can still play. And I would love to see Manzeil in Dallas so would the majority of the Dallas Fans. Dak is boring to watch. Scared to throw downfield. Jerry is getting and as l on the field pushes his chances further away. Understand this! He’s not a playmaker

    • Homer Price

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Johnny Manziel leads Dallas to the Super Bowl. Crazy things do happen.

  • Homer Price

    The Cowboys have nothing to lose. Johnny Manziel had no offensive line in Cleveland and took a lot of hits. He has a better arm than Dak Prescott and he is elusive in the back field. Could be the best move they make all year. I have lost all confidence in Dak’s short passes!

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Cowboys en Español: 3 Escenarios Para el Futuro de David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez

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- David Irving, #95

En la NFL, la falta de noticias en Junio generalmente significa buenas noticias. Los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys saben esto mejor que nadie y en caso de que lo hayan olvidado, David Irving se aseguró de recordarle a Cowboys Nation el porque de esta frase.

La semana pasada, se anunció que David Irving recibirá una suspensión de cuatro partidos por haber violado la política de abuso de substancias de la liga. Es la segunda suspensión que Irving recibe en años consecutivos y lógicamente, esto es preocupante para el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys.

Las últimas dos temporadas hemos visto a Irving convertirse en una pieza de suma importancia para la defensiva. El año pasado, Irving consiguió siete sacks (capturas) en sólo ocho juegos y se convirtió en un caza cabezas muy efectivo.

Demostrando ser uno de los jugadores más talentosos de su posición en la NFL, es difícil imaginar el futuro del #95 en la liga. Tras recibir un tender de segunda ronda hace unos meses (explico que es eso aquí), el futuro de Irving es muy incierto. Por eso, esta semana en Cowboys en Español, exploraremos tres escenarios posibles para el defensivo de 24 años.

#1 David Irving se va de Dallas prematuramente

Hace unos días, me dediqué a defender mi posición de que los Cowboys estarían cometiendo un error al cortar a David Irving. A pesar de que realmente despedirse de un defensivo como Irving parece muy poco probable, es un escenario que debemos discutir.

Irving ha sido un dolor de cabeza para el equipo en más de una ocasión. Dos suspensiones en años consecutivos no es una buena imagen para un jugador que busca un contrato jugoso al terminar el año.

Si Jason Garrett y la administración quieren "dar un mensaje" cortando a David Irving, ¿qué tanto serviría? Esta idea de enviar un mensaje, a la hora de pensarlo fríamente, parece una idea romántica de parte de nosotros los fans. Al final de cuentas, estamos hablando de un locker room lleno de jugadores adultos y profesionales, no de un grupo de niños.

Además, bien sabemos todos que Irving no es el único Cowboy que ha tenido problemas. ¿Será el hecho de que ha ocurrido dos años seguidos razón suficiente para dejarlo ir? Personalmente, no lo creo. Los Cowboys dejarían ir a un jugador muy bueno en una posición de necesidad.

Datone Jones, Jihad Ward y Maliek Collins podrán ser suficiente. Pero David Irving es especial en el campo. Mejor tenerlo por 12 juegos a tenerlo cero.

#2 Irving se queda para el 2018, pero no más allá

David Irving recibió un contrato de un año que le pagaba (antes de ser suspendido) 2.91 millones de dólares. Si hubiera demostrado que no era problemático y que podía mantenerse al 100% toda la temporada, probablemente hubiera recibido un gran contrato de los Cowboys o de otro equipo en la NFL.

Sin embargo, el dicho lo dice todo. "En la NFL, la disponibilidad es la mejor habilidad." Irving no se ha terminado de ganar la confianza necesaria para una gran extensión.

En este punto, Dallas puede esperar a que su tackle defensivo regrese de su suspensión, juegue doce juegos con ellos y les consiga un sack por juego por menos de tres millones de dólares. Después de eso, el equipo pude darse el lujo de dejarlo ir sin una extensión y verlo convertirse en un agente libre.

Does DT David Irving Have a Future With Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving (Albert Pena / CSM)

#3 Irving se queda por más de un año

En este caso, hay dos "sub-escenarios." Suponiendo que, efectivamente, Irving regresa y juega como sabemos que puede hacerlo, no será tan fácil dejarlo ir. Si llega a sorprender y demuestra que realmente es quien creemos que es y consigue diez capturas en sólo doce juegos, ¿realmente no le dará el equipo una oportunidad?

La primera opción sería asignarle la etiqueta franquicia y obligarlo a jugar un año más para un equipo que busca desesperadamente un Super Bowl.

Si se sienten cómodos dándole el salario de una etiqueta franquicia para evitar perderlo, ¿podríamos culparlos después de que les dio por ejemplo, diez capturas? Yo, personalmente, no podría hacerlo.

La otra opción, y una que podría ser la más realista, es más simple. La inmadurez y los problemas de Irving le costarán la confianza y el interés de otros equipos y es posible que en un punto, Dallas sea el único equipo que le pueda brindar seguridad de trabajo.

De esta manera, Dallas podría ofrecerle una extensión de dos, tres o más años a un precio mucho más barato que el de cualquier DT que consiga dos dígitos de sacks.

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David Irving sin duda tiene un futuro incierto delante de él. Realmente sería una sorpresa verlo fuera de Dallas en el 2018, pero más allá, quien sabe lo que pueda pasar. Por ahora, esperemos que una vez que vuelva de la suspensión, esté en forma para ir detrás de los quarterbacks oponentes.

Con un poco de suerte, quizá nos olvidaremos de esto en Noviembre.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: 3 Escenarios Para el Futuro de David Irving" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Is Kris Richard Actually Jason Garrett’s Replacement, Not Rod Marinelli’s?

Brian Martin

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Is Kris Richard Jason Garrett's Replacement, Not Rod Marinelli's?

Much has already been made about the Dallas Cowboys hiring of Kris Richard. He was brought in to be this year's defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, but it's a title I don't think he will hold for long.

It has already been speculated that Kris Richard will become Rod Marinelli's successor to become the Dallas Cowboys next defensive coordinator. Marinelli in fact contemplated retirement after the completion of the 2017 season, but decided to give it another go in 2018. But, anything beyond that is unknown at this point.

It isn't that hard to believe that Kris Richard will be the Dallas Cowboys next defensive coordinator. He already has a pretty good track record as a DC from his time with the Seattle Seahawks (2015-2017). During that time, the Seahawks had one of the better defenses in the league, which is why a lot of Cowboys fans are excited about what he can do in Dallas.

This was a terrific hire by the Dallas Cowboys. Richard is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the league today and is highly respected around the league. For him to take a step back from defensive coordinator to become the DB coach/passing game coordinator in Dallas is a little confusing.

Why would he take a step back in his coaching career to come to the Dallas Cowboys?

Kris Richard

Dallas Cowboys DB Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard

Before he agreed to come to Dallas, Richard interviewed for the head-coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts. To already be considered a head-coaching candidate tells you all you need to know about the trajectory of Richard's career. Again, why take a step back with the Cowboys?

We all know that Jerry Jones is a fantastic salesman. He must've been able to convince Richard that he has a chance at a big promotion sometime soon. But, would a promotion to defensive coordinator be enough for Richard? Does he have his eyes set on something bigger?

I know that I'm not alone, but Jason Garrett is on thin ice this season. If he doesn't at least get the Dallas Cowboys into the playoffs this year, he could be looking for a new job, which would create a vacancy at head coach. This could be the kind of opportunity Kris Richard is looking for.

I find it a little hard to believe that Kris Richard would be willingly to come coach in Dallas knowing that the entire coaching staff could be dismissed after the season if Jason Garrett isn't successful. That's not typically the kind of job security you look for, so something has to have been promised to him behind closed doors.

I know it's a lot of speculation right now, but I don't think it's completely out of the realm of possibility. Someone is going to have to replace Jason Garrett if he falters this season and Kris Richard is a logical choice. After all, it's kind of the way Garrett became the head coach of the Cowboys when he replaced Wade Phillips. Could history repeat itself?

Do you think Kris Richard is Jason Garrett's eventual replacement?



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NFC East Position Rankings: The Quarterbacks

Kevin Brady

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5 Points: Thoughts on the 2018 Dallas Cowboys Schedule 1
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The long NFL offseason is finally beginning to come to a close, with teams participating in mandatory mini-camps and training camps just a month away. Still, though, there is a lot of time left before the 2018 NFL season really begins.

With that time it's always fun to rank things and put together lists. I mean, who doesn't love a good article ranking players? Over the next few weeks I'll be ranking position groups in the NFC East to see which team comes out on top.

Today we begin with the NFC East quarterbacks, arguably the most scrutinized position group in all of sports.

4. New York Giants QB Eli Manning

Though he is the most accomplished quarterback in this division, Giants QB Eli Manning comes in last in our current rankings. Manning has seen his play decline throughout the years, even being benched in favor of Geno Smith late in 2017.

With a healthy cast of pass catchers and rookie running back Saquon Barkley surrounding him, however, Manning could be poised for improvement in 2018.

The Giants offense might be the best in the league if each game was a 7 on 7 tournament, so it will be interesting to see how Eli Manning performs this season.

3. Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith

The newest starting quarterback in the NFC East is Washington's Alex Smith, and he comes in third in our rankings. Smith has gotten the reputation as a check-down artist throughout his career thus far, but when surrounded by the right talent he can be very effective.

Smith had arguably his best season to date in 2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs, but I just don't see Washington's offense being nearly as dangerous as those Chiefs were a year ago.

To me, Smith is at best a marginal upgrade over former starter Kirk Cousins, and won't bring too much of a difference over the long haul in Washington.

2. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

Second on our list is Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. The now third year quarterback is coming off a bit of a "sophomore slump" to end his 2017 campaign, though his first season and a half warrant him our number two spot.

I expect Prescott to look like himself in 2018, especially with the improvements the Cowboys made to their offensive line. Ezekiel Elliott should be available for all 16 games, and the turnover in the receiver group gives some cause for optimism as well.

Prescott is the former Rookie of the Year and has had a good start to his career thus far, but sorry, Cowboys fans, we can all admit Dak Prescott doesn't deserve the top spot as of now.

1. Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz

The top quarterback in the NFC East right now is Eagles QB Carson Wentz. Wentz was a legitimate MVP candidate in 2017 prior to his injury, and once returning to full health Wentz should be able to impress once again.

The Eagles offense was downright dominant while Wentz was healthy, and though they did win the Super Bowl without him, Wentz brings their productivity to another level.

And with arguably the best supporting cast of the entire division, Carson Wentz is poised for success going forward.



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