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Cowboys Not Inviting Johnny Manziel to Valley Ranch



    The Cowboys have plenty of holes to fill in free agency and next month’s draft.

    I’ll say it again: Quarterback isn’t one of them.

    Sure the Cowboys don’t know their quarterback of the future. But more pressing, they don’t know their defensive end or safety of the present.

    So it comes as no surprise – and should be equipped with zero outrage – that the Cowboys aren’t wasting any of their allotted Valley Ranch visits on top draftable quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. They can host 30 players, but those two won’t be invited.

    The Patriots have a guy named Tom Brady at quarterback, but are nonetheless hosting a Manziel visit today in New England. But this isn’t the time for fancy smoke and mirrors or for headline-grabbing theatrics for the Cowboys. They’ve made sound football and financial decisions this offseason with the departures of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, and they still have voids.

    Tony Romo is the Cowboys’ quarterback. Kyle Orton is the backup. And Brandon Weeden has been signed as No. 3. That’s it. End of story for 2014.

    The Cowboys watched Manziel at his pro day. Talked with him at the scouting combine. And know enough to realize they can’t afford him. Bringing Johnny Football in for a visit would be like a man without a TV wasting all day shopping for a remote control.

    For the first time in a long time it’s no nonsense at Valley Ranch.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.