Five Reasons Why The Cowboys Should Draft Johnny Manziel

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There has been a lot of speculation of late as to whether the Dallas Cowboys should draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the upcoming NFL Draft. To address this speculation, I have come up with my five reasons why the Cowboys should draft Manziel in May.

Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T USA Today Sports Images.

5. Tony Romo’s Age

Let’s face it. We’ve been rather lucky when it comes to injuries to our quarterback position. Outside of his broken collar bone four years ago and this year’s back issues, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been relatively injury-free. At least when it comes to those injuries that would keep him out of games. Still, Romo is getting older. He’ll turn 34 this offseason. Romo was the fifth oldest starting quarterback going into the 2013 regular season. He was only behind Peyton Manning (37), Tom Brady (36), Dree Brees (34) and Carson Palmer (33).

And most don’t expect Romo to play out his current six-year contract extension. Although it’s not unheard of for a quarterback to play into his 40′s, it’s rare. It’s even more rare in the modern age of the sport. But consider this: Romo’s idol, quarterback Brett Favre, did play until he was 41.

We must also consider that Dallas currently doesn’t have a young quarterback on their roster to groom. Although bringing in Manziel would fill that need it would also certainly number Romo’s days in Dallas considerably. The Cowboys will have to start grooming a replacement sooner than later. If it’s not Manziel, it needs to be someone. And if it has to be someone, why not Manziel?

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  • SmartThinking

    Your five reasons don’t even come close to explaining away just how fundamentally bad a decision to even consider Manziel for this Dallas team can be. For once in the past seventeen or so drafts, let’s hope and pray Mr. Jones has the presence of mind to remain on course and draft linemen and safeties.

    Orton is more than capable of guiding this team if Romo can’t. Everything about Manziel’s style make him an even worse decision for this team than, say, acquiring Tebow for the position. Or drafting Quincy Carter as your savior quarterback.

    If Romo can’t compete, and waiting on getting another QB makes sense, in this scenario, there’ll be plenty of time and prototypical players available next year. Besides, Manziel’s ego, and asking price place him way outside the scope of what Dallas can offer via the cap. Unless, of course, Jones want to mortgage this tem even further into a financial morass to get they guy. And that thought just make me shudder to think about.

  • Chesney Blair

    I think if Manziel there where you are drafting or there is a minimum price to pay to move up he would be a valuable addition to the team. I find it funny people think Orton is more than capable of leading this team, yet he has only played in one game in two years. You need to find an eventual replacement for Romo, as you don’t know how long he will be healthy for as he has had recurring back problems and seems to be on the decline. I am for the idea of drafting Murray or Metternberger at later rounds also.

    • SmartThinking

      I’m a guy who thinks Orton can lead this team whether you think it’s funny or not. What I think is funny is that you’d have Jones bet the ranch on an untested, short QB who’s probably going to take three years in the NFL to be worthy of a spot. And, of course, there’s Manziel’s monumental ego and his probable astronomic pay expectations. And, of course, Jones’s increasing morass of over the cap woes to deal with. Not to forget needs at very nearly every position along the defensive line and backfield that will eat up any and all money Jones might be able to dig up by deferring more over aged players’ salaries into the 2020′s.

      Drafting Manziel isn’t funny. It’s certifiable lunacy.

  • Old Frog

    Forget Manziel. Draft Cyril Richardson and then pound the ball on the left side of the line. Be better for Murray, Romo, and the Cowboys.

  • Scott.

    Sorry just not seeing him being there and hopefully Garrett talks Jerry out of moving up to get him. No doubt Jerry would like manzeil for the hype and sales.

  • Richard Lee Ochoa

    I Have My Reason is Getting Johnny Manziel For the Dallas Cowboys #16