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What did Jerry Jones have to say about Johnny Football’s future?

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, left, attended Texas A&M’s basketball game with former teammates Sean Porter, center, and Mike Evans on Saturday.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, left, attended Texas A&M’s basketball game with former teammates Sean Porter, center, and Mike Evans on Saturday. AP

The Cowboys need a backup quarterback; Johnny Manziel is available, having rehired his agent in an attempt to restart his career; and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ admiration for the former Texas A&M quarterback is well documented.

But you can stop right there trying to connect the dots.

“I don’t want to speculate there at all,” Jones said Saturday. “Enough has been said, certainly. I admire the same things all of the A&M fans have admired about him. I recognize just as everybody does, including him, his challenges. So that’s about all I can say. We are aware of him. He is a talented guy.”

Manziel’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, took the former A&M quarterback back after a year split. Manziel agreed to several conditions and a serious commitment after missing sitting out last season.

The Cowboys had a chance to draft Manziel with the 16th overall choice in 2014, which is what Jones wanted to do, but ended up selecting Zack Martin. Martin has gone to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons.

Manziel has not played since 2015. The Browns cut him after a string of aberrant behavior, and no one offered the former Heisman Trophy winner a contract last year.

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