New Jersey Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has long been a vocal supporter of the Dallas Cowboys, but there's one theoretical roster move he refuses to back.
In an appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Christie told the host in no uncertain terms that he'll do whatever it takes to prevent the Cowboys from signing embattled Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
"I will throw my body in front of the Johnny Manziel train if it heads towards Dallas," Christie said (h/t the Dallas Morning News).
Manziel is currently under contract with the Browns through the 2017 season, per Spotrac, so any sort of move to Dallas would need to come via trade or the quarterback's release from Cleveland.
However, that may not be as far-fetched as it once seemed following the hiring of head coach Hue Jackson, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
The Hue Jackson Era in Cleveland will trigger the end of Johnny Manziel and the #Browns. Expect the new coach to move on from the QB.1/13/2016, 6:24:32 PM
As the following video from Jackson's introductory press conference indicates, the new Browns boss has yet to make any sort of public determination regarding Manziel's future in Cleveland:
But at this stage, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Browns cut ties with a quarterback who fought bad publicity all season. Manziel was demoted to third-string quarterback in late November after reportedly lying about a video that depicted him partying, and the troubles didn't end there.
The 23-year-old was allegedly seen in Las Vegas in advance of Cleveland's Week 17 regular-season finale while he was going through the league's concussion protocol, according to USA Today's Scott Boeck.
All those reported events further tarnished Manziel's reputation, but the possibility of a partnership with a team remains real. According to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, Manziel and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III have both caught the Cowboys' attention.
"Sources close to both are saying some very similar things about each quarterback and the Cowboys," Robinson wrote on Jan. 5. "Chiefly that each player would love to end up in Dallas, and that there is a real possibility (or hope) that team owner Jerry Jones will make that dream happen."
Since Manziel's prospects in Dallas are entirely dependent on Cleveland cutting the cord, Christie will need to hold his breath until the Browns' new regime makes a final determination in advance of the 2016 season.
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