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Jerry Jones: Details in new Manziel book are inaccurate

08/19/2014 9:35 AM

08/19/2014 9:36 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t deny a heavy interest in taking former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 2014 draft.

He doesn’t deny being talked out of it by his son, team vice president Stephen Jones.

But Jones said the detail that Stephen Jones “snatched the Manziel card straight out of his hand,” as stated in a new book, “Manziel Mania” by Jim Dent, is not accurate.

“That didn’t happen,” Jones said on his radio show on KRLD-FM. “We’re well aware that there are a lot of people looking at us in that room. You’d think we could act a little more organized than that.”

Jones, though, said he did consider taking Manziel with the 16th overall pick. He just said it’s a misnomer that his son literally snatched the card out of his hand.

“Figuratively speaking it got close to that,” Jones said. “It certainly was a big debate going on at no place else other than my mind. There is no doubt it was a long thought on my part. Stephen certainly had his ideas. The rest of the room had other ideas. We had given this a lot of consideration in the draft room and out of the draft room with numbers of people sitting around talking about it.”

The Cowboys ended up taking Notre Dame guard Zack Martin. Manziel ended up with Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick.


Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 21 seasons. She's a Hall of Fame voter, a past president of the Pro Football Writers of America and a proud Aggie. Follow her on Twitter at @NFLCharean


Clarence E. Hill Jr. has been the Dallas Cowboys beat writer since 1997. He's battle tested with one playoff win, six coaches, countless scandals, controversies and unfullfilled expectations. Follow him on Twitter at @clarencehilljr


Drew Davison joined the Star-Telegram as a correspondent in 2007, primarily covering high schools along with helping out with Rangers, Cowboys and colleges coverage. He became one of the Rangers beat writers in July 2011, and also assists with coverage of Texas Motor Speedway and the Cowboys during the offseason. Davison graduated from the University of Kansas and had internships at The Kansas City Star and Follow him on Twitter at @drewdavison


Jimmy Burch is the college sports and golf writer/columnist for the Star-Telegram. He also covers the Dallas Cowboys and other Dallas-Fort Worth pro sports. Follow him on Twitter at @Jimmy_Burch


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