Johnny Manziel: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Free-Agent QB

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. Manziel's footwork, decision making and grasp of a pro offense improved significantly in his second season. But now that it is over, the Browns want him to concentrate on his off-field issues. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
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Johnny Manziel has long been linked to the Dallas Cowboys, but America's Team made it clear they have no interest in pursuing the troubled quarterback.

Continue for updates.


CFL Commissioner Comments on Manziel

Thursday, Aug. 25

Canadian Football League Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge spoke to Kevin Seifert of ESPN regarding Manziel and the possibility of the quarterback playing in the league:

We try not to speculate on situations like that, and I really can't speculate too much on hypotheticals. But I can tell you that what's paramount to us is ensuring the success of an athlete, while at the same time preserving and promoting the integrity of the league and the game. ...

I rely primarily on the assessment of the team. It is their charge to evaluate the talent and to bring that talent forward. To be candid, if there is a situation that we believe warrants additional input, we certainly want to provide that to the team. We're obviously charged with making sure that the integrity of the league and the integrity of our brand is perpetuated.


Stephen Jones: 'No Chance' Cowboys Sign Manziel

Friday, Aug. 12

In an interview on CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney show (via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News), Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones shot down the idea that Johnny Football could be an option as a backup signal-caller:

There's no chance. Obviously Johnny needs to get his hands around his life. He needs to do the things that make him a good person off the field, I think, before he can ever have any chance of being successful in our league.

He's a guy obviously from Texas that we've all followed and had an amazing career there at A&M. Unfortunately, he has some things that are holding him back not only as a football player, but as a person in life. We certainly hope he gets his hands around that because he's obviously a guy who has had some very unique successes in his life.

When he is able to have his hands around some of his issues that he has off the field, then it usually translates into a success for him on the field. But I hope he is able to get his hands around his life, and at some point if he does, I'm sure he'll get another chance. But at the moment, it certainly won't be in Dallas.

The Cowboys have question marks at backup quarterback behind Tony Romo, as Kellen Moore is on the shelf with a broken fibula.

The Cleveland Browns released Manziel in March, and he has constantly made headlines in recent months for off-field issues.

The NFL suspended him four games due to a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, and he would have to serve that ban if a team signed him.

Organizations have been hesitant due to Manziel's well-publicized problems. His father, Paul Manziel, said in June that Manziel is a "druggie" who "needs help" but had been unwilling to accept it, per ESPN.

The Browns selected the former Heisman Trophy winner with the No. 22 overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft.

They almost didn't land him, though, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted that he wanted to pick the Texas A&M alum, as Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN The Magazine revealed.

Despite that and the Cowboys' quarterback issues, they aren't in on the controversial signal-caller who has 1,675 passing yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions to his credit in eight career NFL starts (14 games).

Dallas may still bring in a veteran as insurance behind Romo, but rookie Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State is currently penciled in as the backup.

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