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.
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?