As time winds down to the Johnny Manziel Sweepstakes, otherwise known as the 2014 NFL draft, at least four teams seemed to distance themselves from the Texas A&M quarterback Tuesday.
Or could it be predraft deking?
St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams are not shopping quarterback Sam Bradford to make room for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said he will not trade Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, whom he drafted in the first round in 2011.
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said: "I will go as far as to say it is not our primary goal in the first round to be looking at a quarterback," according to ESPN. "We've got a good one."
Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell, who is looking for several instant starters for the rebuilding Jaguars, said none of the quarterbacks in this year's draft is ready to step in and play.
Fisher said the Rams held private workouts for 45 players, including Manziel. He said the team also worked out offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans at Texas A&M.
The Rams are confident Bradford will make a complete comeback from knee surgery that cut short his season in 2013, and a deal involving the No. 1 pick of the 2010 draft was "highly unlikely," Fisher said.
The Rams have the No. 2 and No. 13 picks.
The Vikings, who have the No. 8 pick, will hold onto Ponder because trading him "would leave us with one quarterback," Spielman said. "I would not do that. We're going to need two quarterbacks. Three."
Ponder, 26, is expected to back up Matt Cassel, who signed a two-year contract worth a reported $10 million in March.
In Dallas, Tony Romo, Kyle Orton, and Brandon Weeden make quarterback a position of strength, Jones said.
Should Manziel or another quarterback slide down, Jones said, the Cowboys, who are sitting at No. 16, would be more likely to trade down than to pick one, according to ESPN.
Jacksonville will draft as many as two quarterbacks, the general manager said, but "I think the majority of this class has a ways to go."
The Jaguars have the third overall pick but would prefer to trade down to garner more picks. They are likely to address the quarterback position in later rounds, possibly with the 39th pick.
LSU coach Les Miles said it would be ideal to keep receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry together, because they "can do the same things with different skill sets, and it just fits."