Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Dallas Cowboys never had interest in pursuing Browns QB Johnny Manziel even before his latest off-the-field incident including his ex-girlfriend.
Team sources who spoke to Hill insist that Manziel was “never on their radar” even they’ve made it clear that they plan to upgrade their backup quarterback position.
Dallas Police announced Friday night that they will, in fact, be investigating Manziel for his role that resulted in domestic violence allegations from his ex-girlfriend.
It’s worth mentioning that both Dallas and Fort Worth police are not pressing charges against Manziel his role in the incident.
Leslie’s source told him earlier in the week that he doubted Dallas would pursue Manziel once the Browns part ways with the former first-round pick, but the new allegations all but sealed the deal.
Manziel has been linked to the Cowboys for some time now, due in part to team owner Jerry Jones wanting to draft him a few years ago. Beyond that, they have made it clear that they want to upgrade their backup quarterback position this offseason.
However, it appears as though Dallas will be considering other options, possibly including Robert Griffin III.
It gets worse of Manziel, as his agent, Erik Burkhardt, announced that he has parted ways with him, via Adam Schefter.
Johnny Manziel's agent has parted ways with him, as seen in this statement: pic.twitter.com/JKVEHOAeHm
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 5, 2016
Manziel, 23, is in the second year of his four-year, $8,247,250 rookie contract that included $6,702,625 guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $794,936 this season and another $1,169,872 in 2016.
In 2015, Manziel appeared in nine games and threw for 1,500 yards while completing 57.8 percent of his passes to go along with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manziel also ran for 230 yards. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 31 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Manziel as the news is available.