Stephen Jones: ‘No chance’ Manziel joins Cowboys

By Nick Shook
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The Cowboys are in need of a backup quarterback. Hypothetically, you could consider almost anyone short of Brett Favre.

Except Johnny Manziel.

There’s no chance,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday morning on the Tiki and Tierney Show on CBS Sports Radio Network, via The Dallas Morning News. “Obviously Johnny needs to get his hands around his life. He needs to do the things that make him a good person off the field, I think, before he can ever have any chance of being successful in our league.

“He’s a guy obviously from Texas that we’ve all followed and had an amazing career there at (Texas) A&M. Unfortunately, he has some things that are holding him back not only as a football player, but as a person in life. We certainly hope he gets his hands around that because he’s obviously a guy who has had some very unique successes in his life.”

Manziel, who was cut by the Browns in March, was recently quoted as saying he would “absolutely” play football again, and wanted to play for the Cowboys. But after clearing waivers, being indicted on assault charges stemming from an incident involving his ex-girlfriend, and being dealt a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Manziel hasn’t drawn any significant interest.

Thanks to his Texas roots, the Manziel-to-Dallas rumors may never cease to exist. But Jones did his best to put them to bed.

“When he is able to have his hands around some of his issues that he has off the field, then it usually translates into a success for him on the field,” Jones said. “But I hope he is able to get his hands around his life, and at some point if he does, I’m sure he’ll get another chance. But at the moment, it certainly won’t be in Dallas.”

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