Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones made it clear during an interview with CBS Sports Radio Network that signing former Browns QB Johnny Manziel isn’t an option for them.
“There’s no chance,” Jones said Friday morning, via The Dallas Morning News. “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 (Texas) 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.”
Jones added that he’s hoping Manziel will get his life turned around at some point while stressing that he won’t be playing for the Cowboys.
“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.” Jones said. “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.”
Manziel told TMZ a few months ago that he plans to get sober and focus on preparing for another shot in the NFL.
However, the NFL handed down a four-game suspension to Manziel for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Although, Manziel wouldn’t have to serve the suspension if he misses the first four weeks of the 2016 season.
Reports have said that Manziel will likely focus on securing another opportunity next year.
Manziel, 23, was taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Browns. He was in the second year of his four-year, $8,247,250 rookie contract when the Browns cut him loose at the start of the 2016 league year.
Manziel wound up clearing waivers and has been an unrestricted free agent for months now.
In 2015, Manziel appeared in nine games and thrown for 1,500 yards while completing 57.8 percent of his passes to go along with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manziel has 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.