DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — Though Johnny Manziel is locked in a close battle for the starting job in Cleveland, the debate over his near-drafting by the Dallas Cowboys remains a hot topic.

A recent report by author Jim Dent stated that Stephen Jones “snatched the Manziel card straight out of his (Jerry Jones’) hand” in May’s draft.

Jones addressed the report on Tuesday morning with Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan.

“Figuratively speaking, it got close to that,” said Jones, who has openly admitted to being a fan of Manziel’s game. “It certainly was a big debate going on, if no place else other than my mind.”

With cameras in the war room, Jones did say that had Stephen snatched a card from him, it would have been seen by everyone. But Jones wouldn’t dismiss the report that Stephen had a major impact on bypassing Manziel in the draft.

“If anybody could talk me out of it, Stephen could. Let’s leave it at that.”

The report also claimed that the Cowboys’ biggest hindrance to drafting Manziel was Tony Romo, who signed a 6-year extension prior to last season.

“[Jim Dent] was privy to someone that had my read pretty good in there, because ultimately that was the problem,” said Jones. “Being behind Romo for those years and whether or not that was really the best way to use that pick.”

Jerry says he continues to and always has taken input from his staff in personnel decisions.

“I like where we ended up, but there’s no doubt, there was a long thought — at least on my part. Stephen certainly had his ideas. The rest of the room had their ideas.”

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