Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, there was speculation that the Dallas Cowboys would be interested in selecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick, hopefully to one day replace Tony Romo. When the Cowboys were on the clock with the 16th pick, however, Manziel was still available. Dallas resisted the temptation and selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin instead. In fact, none of the Cowboys nine picks were used to take a quarterback.
While the talk of being replaced or challenged could be troublesome for some veteran quarterbacks, Romo was unfazed by the Manziel chatter, according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones.
“We did it, everybody had a visit with him along the way,” Jones said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “Jerry [Jones] included, myself included, and told him how this is his football team and how much we think of him and with all the rumors flying around not to pay attention to that.
“His response is, as you might expect from Tony, it was ‘Well if you decide to, it ain’t going to matter, there’s not anybody out there that can beat me out.’” Romo is recovering from offseason back surgery and appears to be ready to take the field in time for training camp, so he will have the opportunity to prove to the Cowboys that they made the right decision in sticking with him.