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NFL Rumors: Dallas Cowboys Target Johnny Manziel Deal; Jerry Jones Wants to 'Help' Johnny Football

( [email protected] ) Mar 24, 2016 08:01 AM EDT
The fall of Johnny Manziel had the football community at the edge of their seats. While some fans had the unshakeable belief that Johnny Football will no longer live up to his Heisman Trophy days, others remained confident on his ability to turn his life around. The handful of supporters Manziel had when he was with the Cleveland Browns quickly diminished in number when the NFL team finally released him. At this point, the troubled quarterback is a free agent with no football team openly willing to associate themselves with his name.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the game from the front row in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio, in this October 17, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The fall of Johnny Manziel had the football community at the edge of their seats. While some fans had the unshakeable belief that Johnny Football will no longer live up to his Heisman Trophy days, others remained confident on his ability to turn his life around. The handful of supporters Manziel had when he was with the Cleveland Browns quickly diminished in number when the NFL team finally released him. At this point, the troubled quarterback is a free agent with no football team openly willing to associate themselves with his name.

Amid the allegations and criticism against Manziel, one NFL team stepped forward to declare their support for him. The Dallas Cowboys, which have been long associated with the quarterback, shared their willingness to help the troubled star. To be more specific, Jerry Jones expressed his desire to aid in the recovery of Johnny Football. Although the NFL team owner has yet to declare point blank his intentions for Manziel, some fans believe that the football star might see a second chance at the gridiron with the Dallas Cowboys.

"I would in any way offer to help him work to be where we all are rooting for him to be, which is having a successful life and football career," shared Jones of his plan for Manziel. He added, "I would do that. You say, 'Well, is that because of football?' Well, I might not have been aware of this, had it not been for football. I'm aware of it."

However, Jones clarified that signing Manziel - while still a possibility - is not the primary concern of the Dallas Cowboys at the moment. Accoridng to the NFL team owner, the goal is help Johnny Football turn his life around. That is, Jones wants the quarterback to systematically deal with his issues and get rid of them. Once he accomplishes that, then the Dallas Cowboys will seriously take him under consideration.

Jones said, "The overwhelming response and the overwhelming mentality is for him, if we're involved in any way, to help and encourage him to get it together, to get his issue improved because those issues, in my mind, not talent, are why he is free today. It's those issues, and those issues are the overriding consideration here, and how and what basis that those can be dealt with and addressed."

The Dallas Cowboys owner further reiterated that he and his team could not foresee or are not allowed to even think of a future with Manziel. He insisted that the quarterback must cleanse himself with his demons first. Moreover, Jones noted he can only help if the NFL allows him to do so. Otherwise, his hands are tied.

"Anybody should be rooting for and concerned about his getting his life together," said Jones in an interview about Manziel. He added, "I have the same impression of when he came out of [Texas] A&M about what his potential is as a football player. But you can be the smartest mathematician, you can be the greatest politician ... but if you can't get it straight with your life, you don't get those chances. I'm more concerned with that, and with that in mind I am not thinking about where it is to football and the Cowboys."

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