Jones likens Manziel to Elvis Presley due to celebrity personality.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has admitted that the franchise passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel as he believes that the youngster is too good to be back-up to Tony Romo.
It is understood that the former Texas A&M quarterback was the highest-rated player on the team’s draft board when they went on the clock with the 16th overall pick, but they decided against drafting him.
Despite the front office thinking very highly of the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, Romo has been established as the starting quarterback and there were also reservations over the media circus that would have been created by pairing the two quarterbacks together.
“It was too significant for him to be an insurance policy,” Jones said Friday night, as reported by ESPN.
“There’s just too much dynamic here for him, for the franchise, for everybody. That’s just too much for insurance, and it’s not the usual development guy behind an accomplished quarterback. He’s a celebrity. He’s Elvis Presley.”
Manziel himself admitted that he wasn’t sure if the “world could handle that situation”, but Jones is confident that he will become a star with the Browns after warning teams that passed on him that they would live to regret their decision.
Nevertheless, Jones reiterated that Dallas remain committed to Romo who signed a six-year deal worth $108m last off-season.
That type of extension gives the impression that the Cowboys are still confident that he is the right man to lead them to a Super Bowl, and given that he is likely to lead them for the next four or five years at least, then a move for Manziel would undoubtedly have stunted the youngster’s development in the NFL.