Dallas Cowboys Have Now Dodged Off-Field Disaster Twice

By Jeff Smith
Johnny Manziel Partying
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Not many people remember that the Dallas Cowboys nearly landed troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon. Sure, it would have been a beautiful thing early on with all of the talent that he has, but Gordon’s career has quickly become a disaster. He has massive off-field issues, and was arrested in Raleigh, NC this past weekend, putting the remainder of his NFL career completely up in the air.

While it’s likely that he’ll get another chance in the NFL, this would have been some massive drama that the Cowboys really don’t need right now. The team actually put in a mid-round bid in the 2012 supplemental draft for Gordon, but were beaten out by the Cleveland Browns for the wide receiver, who used a second-round pick on him during that draft.

Sure, the Cowboys got “lucky” to some extent to miss all of this drama, although we are all hoping that Gordon can get it together and become the player that everyone wants to see him become. But what about Johnny Manziel?

When the Cowboys were up on the clock with the 16th pick in the most recent NFL Draft, it looked like Manziel was a lock to be a Cowboy. Many had bought into the polarizing quarterback’s statements that he’s focused on football and not all of the partying off the field that some were worried about. Well, we’ve immediately seen that Manziel isn’t past the fun at all.

I have no issue with Manziel enjoying his life off the football field. Though, the Cowboys did dodge a massive media frenzy though by passing on Manziel, as he has been caught in plenty of pictures partying all over the place, specifically in Las Vegas. Right out of the gate, the Browns have attempted to calm the quarterback down by asking him to cool off his off-field life, but it’s been to no avail so far.

Manziel may be a great quarterback one day, but the Cowboys’ decision to pass on him looks to be the right one as of late — especially since the last thing that they need is a media circus as they focus on preparing for the upcoming season.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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