Browns To Release Manziel
The Cleveland Browns are finally giving up on the chances, or lack thereof, that Johnny Manziel would be their next franchise quarterback. The 22nd overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel claimed on draft night that he would "wreck this league," but in essence all he did was wreck his already shaky image.
The Browns released a statement regarding the report yesterday afternoon through their new director of football operations Sashi Brown:
"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization," Brown said. "His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time."
Manziel's stay in Cleveland was a rather brief one. In the modern draft era, Manziel has the least career starts (8) for a quarterback selected in the first round by the Cleveland Browns; second on that list is Brady Quinn with 12. Manziel threw 7TD's and 7INT's in 15 appearances, maintaining a 2-6 record as a starter.
This chapter in Manziel's short-lived NFL career solidifies his status as an NFL bust for perhaps one of its worst franchises. His off the field issues are clearly to much for him to handle. From his excessive partying and drinking issues that led to him entering rehab, to numerous incidents involving his significant other, Manziel has shown that he lacks maturity, responsibility, and common sense.
The organization has the option to release Manziel after the Super Bowl on Sunday, however, cutting him would result cost the Browns $4.6M against the salary cap. The team is expected to wait until the new season officially begins on March 9th.
It's only a matter of time before Manziel gets his own ESPN 30 for 30.
Before this latest bit of news, there was a short list of teams that even entertained the point of Manziel joining their club. That list is certainly smaller if non-existent after this recent news.