The Dallas Cowboys have yet to solve their backup quarterback problem heading into the new season. Johnny Manziel is continuously being linked to the Cowboys. Will the former Cleveland Browns QB become Tony Romo’s backup in the upcoming season?
Johnny Manziel’s Tainted Reputation
Manziel has expressed interest in signing with the Cowboys. However, the feeling is not mutual — the Cowboys want no piece of the former Texas A&M standout, at least for the upcoming season.
Manziel was selected 22nd overall during the 2014 NFL Draft and was touted as one of the next superstar QBs in the league. However, the Manziel era in Northeast Ohio turned out to be a forgettable one because of the QB’s off-field issues.
The 23-year-old quarterback was a picture of disappointment in his two seasons in the league. He was seen partying late night during a season, had domestic violence issues, was seen in a casino while on concussion protocol, to name a few.
As a result, it appears no team wants to take a gamble on him at this point. Worst, football fans might not see him playing in the NFL again. As for the Cowboys, CEO and executive VP Stephen Jones made it clear they are not going to sign Manziel because the Texas native needs to fix his life.
“I think, before he can ever have any chance of being successful in our league,” Jones told CBS Sports. “Unfortunately, he has some things that are holding him back not only as a football player, but as a person in life.”
How About Michael Vick?
Michael Vick also expressed interest in playing for the Cowboys. The veteran quarterback told The Rich Eisen Show that wearing the Cowboys football kit will be a dream come true.
But from the looks of it, the Cowboys are also not looking to give Vick a chance. The 36-year-old, who played five games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015, confirmed he has not received call from any team, including Dallas.
“There hasn’t been any contact as of late but you have to be patient with this game,” Vick said. “I understand what goes on in the process that has to happen for that to take place.”
Who will be Tony Romo’s backup next season? From the looks of it, they will likely settle for untested rookie Dak Prescott or Jameill Showers in the coming season.