Johnny Manziel Talks Potentially Playing for Cowboys, Josh Gordon with TMZ

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2016

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members following the team's 30-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, in Seattle. Manziel has been suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.The suspension announced Thursday, June 30, 2016, is not related to the NFL's domestic violence policy, but the free agent quarterback would be subject to it if he signs with another team. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)
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Johnny Manziel revealed he would like to return to the NFL and play for the Dallas Cowboys while being questioned by TMZ outside of West Hollywood nightclub The Nice Guy. 

He also said the Cleveland Browns should welcome back former teammate and wide receiver Josh Gordon and called him "the man."

You can see the video below:

Manziel's answers shouldn't come as a surprise. A week ago, he posted the following to Instagram, promising he would make a return:

And he told TMZ in late June that he planned to get sober on July 1. 

As for whether the Cowboys would give him a chance, team owner Jerry Jones seemed more concerned about Manziel the human being when asked if he would ever consider giving him a chance in an interview with Peter King of MMQB.com in March (h/t Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports):

Anybody should be rooting for and concerned about his getting his life together. 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.

If Manziel does sign with another team and return to the NFL, he'll have to sit out the first four games of the 2016 NFL season after being suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Manziel was cut by the Browns in March and cleared waivers after a series of off-field incidents and distractions.

Among the ongoing off-field issues, Manziel faces a misdemeanor assault charge for a domestic incident involving ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in January, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $4,000.

           

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