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#pounditWednesday, October 5, 2022

Jerry Jones instructed not to talk about Johnny Manziel anymore

Jerry JonesJerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys are 5-1 while Johnny Manziel is hardly seeing any action as the backup quarterback for the 3-2 Cleveland Browns. Though there were tons of headlines the past several months about Jones wanting to draft Manziel and regretting not doing so, those headlines are a thing of the past.

After his Cowboys won in Seattle to give him an early birthday present (Jones turned 72 on Monday), Jerry said he’s been instructed not to talk about Manziel anymore. The line of questioning came up because the Cowboys’ first-round pick, Zack Martin, whom they took instead of Manziel, has helped the Cowboys become a productive offense. Jerry was asked in that context whether he still regrets passing up Johnny Football.

“Well, I don’t know how that’s relevant,” Jones said via ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer. “I’m really not so sure I’m ready to admit a mis-thought. It is not relevant, and I really have had some very stern, succinct instructions not to mention Johnny anymore from people who count, let me put it like that.”

[Previously: Jerry Jones says not drafting Manziel was a mistake]

Jerry is probably wise to avoid talking about Johnny Football. Every time he did, it became a huge deal. The thought of Manziel on the Cowboys was too much for everyone; it would be marrying two of the most popular NFL brands.

Maybe one day Manziel will end up on Jones’ beloved Cowboys. For now, Jerruh is trying to avoid that talk, which is probably smart. After all, remember how close he said they were to drafting Johnny?

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