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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

17 Comments

  1. Stuart Brereton

    March 27, 2018 at 9:48 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      March 27, 2018 at 10:06 am

      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.

  2. Randy Martin

    March 27, 2018 at 10:09 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      March 27, 2018 at 10:19 am

      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.

  3. Raggedy Ann

    March 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

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

  4. Reggie Ward

    March 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    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.

  5. Matthew Harrell

    March 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Mullenax!!! Stop hacking Brian’s account!

  6. freeradio

    March 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm

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

  7. ghetto eskimo

    March 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    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!!!

  8. KillaKlown210

    March 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm

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

  9. NastyShug

    March 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm

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

  10. David Castle

    March 27, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    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 !

  11. David Allgood

    March 28, 2018 at 9:57 am

    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

      March 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      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

        May 23, 2018 at 3:15 am

        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

      March 29, 2018 at 2:02 am

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

  12. Homer Price

    March 29, 2018 at 1:58 am

    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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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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