Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way. The only team in the NFL that would seem like a fit for Johnny Manziel is the Dallas Cowboys. He has mentioned his desire to play in Texas and Jerry Jones still has fantasies of the former Heisman Trophy winner being on his team.
The match made in NFL hell, as I see it, looks like it probably will happen. The question now is when does the monumental announcement break into ESPN broadcasts?
Troy Aikman was interviewed this week by SI.com where was quoted as saying that he thought either Manziel or Robert Griffin, III would be in Dallas this coming season as the backup to Tony Romo. Both quarterbacks will be looking for a new home. It appears the marriage between Washington and its former first round pick has all but ended. The divorce has been ugly at times. Manziel has yet to meet with new Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
We can all see the writing on the wall.
SI’s story said Griffin did not appear in any games for Washington this year as Kirk Cousins assumed starting quarterback duties and led the team to the NFC wild-card game. Griffin is owed $16.2 million for next season, but is reportedly expected to be released by the team.
There may be more suitors for RGIII, where his ability and skill set could fit in another system. Manziel has yet to show he can be a competent quarterback at this level. Still, you have to think Jones has opened his mouth enough about Manziel in the past, so this should finally come to fruition.
SAM STILL HAS NFL DREAMS
The roller coaster of Michael Sam’s NFL career is beginning another ride as the former NFL player has said he wants another shot at playing in the league.
“If I had my way, I really do wish I went undrafted,” Sam said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “I could have actually went to a team who really needed pass rush, and needed a defensive end who could pass rush the quarterback. But the Rams, even though I learned a lot from Chris Long and [Robert] Quinn, I think that I could have done better being on an active roster right now if I went to a different team.”
The story appears on cbssports.com.
Aside from the obvious attention Sam brings to any team as being the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL, there are still questions if he can play on the next level due to his size and speed. His success at Missouri did not translate to the NFL, where he was drafted in the seventh round by the then St. Louis Rams.
SUH COULD GET MODIFIED DEAL FROM DOLPHINS
You could make the argument Ndamukong Suh’s first season with the Miami Dolphins was underwhelming and controversial like his seasons in Detroit. The defensive tackle signed with Miami in the 2015 offseason and did not have the impact the team thought he would have when he inked his more than $100 million deal.
Now, in an effort to bring in more free agents and modify the team’s cap space, there is talk the team wants to restructure his contract. Whether this becomes contentious has yet to be determined. Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum said it’s an offseason possibility.
“By the time we get to the first day of the league year, we should have plenty of room to address the needs that we have,” Tannenbaum said confidently Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. “Certainly we will be looking at Suh’s contract.”
Suh has a base salary of $23,485,000 and a cap charge of $28,600,000 in 2016, according to ESPN’s Roster Management System. With holes on both sides of the ball to fill, the team wants to see if the former Pro Bowler is willing to renegotiate to help the franchise this coming season.