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Nantz Astonished by Response to Manziel Rumor

CBS Sports' Jim Nantz says people took his recent remarks on Johnny Manziel and the Cowboys way too seriously

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With Johnny Manziel-to-Dallas rumors already floating about last week, fueled by an Ed Werder report on SportsCenter that suggested Jerry Jones would select Manziel at No. 16 if he slipped that far, CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz spoke a little about the idea during a radio interview.

What he said--that he’d heard a rumor that the Cowboys “would figure out a way to get Manziel”--only furthered the buzz, but Nantz returned to the radio on Tuesday to clear up some things.

Speaking to the “New School” show with Shan & R.J. on 105.3-FM here in Dallas, Nantz couldn’t stress enough that what he had heard was a rumor and just that--that he had no inside scoop, and that people took what he said way, way more seriously than they should have.

“Rumor--the fact that everybody interpreted that little chat I had on a radio station in Cleveland, and took it to the level they did, is just astonishing to me,” Nantz said, via CBS DFW.

Nantz is quick to point out that there has been no shortage of rumors concerning Manziel this offseason.

“You hear things about Johnny Manziel going No.1 to Houston; you hear him definitely going to the Browns,” Nantz said, via CBSDFW. “I’ve even heard him going to the Oakland Raiders. I’ve heard rumors that the Cowboys will do anything they can possibly do to move up and draft him. That was in the body of that content.”

Asked where he thought Manziel would wind up, Nantz said, “My answer was--and it remains the same--I have no clue.”

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