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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to help Johnny Manziel

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A lot of people know Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was very interested in Johnny Manziel before the 2014 NFL Draft, but he listened to the advice which his scouting team gave him and drafted Zack Martin instead.

Looking at how both players have progressed since making their debuts in the league, Martin has been excellent, starting all 32 games possible and being selected for the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015. He's turned out to be a great draft pick.

However, Manziel is on the other end of the spectrum. On the field and off the field problems caused his time at the Cleveland Browns to end prematurely. His antics off the field didn't help him transition from college football to the NFL on the field, and the Browns cut him from their roster earlier this month.


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Some have even gone as far as to say Manziel's career in the NFL might very well be over although several reports have suggested teams are considering acquiring the 23-year-old. The Cowboys could be one of those teams, but Jones wants the quarterback to change his life first.

He said at Tuesday's the NFL owners meetings according to ESPN: "The overwhelming response and the overwhelming mentality is for him, if we're involved in any way, to help and encourage him to get it together, to get his issue improved because those issues, in my mind, not talent, are why he is free today.

"It's those issues, and those issues are the overriding consideration here, and how and what basis that those can be dealt with and addressed."

Jones has a history of helping out players who have had off the field problems, as he has helped Josh Brent, who worked in a warehouse during his suspension from the NFL and is now retired but part of the team's scout department. 

"I would in any way offer to help him work to be where we all are rooting for him to be, which is having a successful life and football career. I would do that. You say, 'Well, is that because of football?' Well, I might not have been aware of this, had it not been for football. I'm aware of it.

"With that, with me, comes a motivation, if it's appropriate within the rules or within the guidelines of the NFL, if we can be of help in the promise of being a part of the NFL through the Cowboys, I certainly look to that. But … I don't even dare, right now, go into picturing him in a training camp or an OTA or him in a ballgame. You don't go there."

Manziel has already tried to change his life around, spending 10 weeks in rehab after his rookie season. However, the problems have continued as he spent the final week of the 2015 season in Las Vegas, missing a medical test for a concussion, and also a Dallas grand jury is deciding if the quarterback should be charged for allegedly abusing his ex-girlfriend.

Manziel must learn to find the right balance between work and fun if he wishes to be successful in the NFL. He'll be very lucky to receive any contract from any team before he shows them that he has changed. 

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