ESPN’s Pat McManamon has reported that the Cleveland Browns will cut ties with troubled second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel in March. The news comes just days after Manziel was involved in an incident between he and his girlfriend in Fort Worth, Texas. Manziel was not charged with any crime, but police were dispatched to an apartment where Manziel was questioned for the alleged assault.
Browns director of football operations, Sashi Brown, released this statement on the matter on Tuesday where he expressed disappointment in Manziel’s actions but did not say whether or not Manziel would be let go:
“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. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
By releasing Manziel in February, the Browns would forfeit $4.6 million in salary cap space, but by releasing him in March rather than February, it will allow the Browns to save some of that salary cap space, as the cap is due to increase on March 9th (official start of the 2016 NFL season). The Browns could also decide to try and trade Manziel when the new league year begins, but will likely find difficulty locating a buyer due to Manziel’s repeated off-field issues.
This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as the Browns were on their last straw with the former Heisman winner out of Texas AM. During Johnny Manziel’s entire time in Cleveland, he has been unable to seize his opportunity and stay out of trouble. Whether it was the leaked pictures of Manziel possibly doing cocaine in Las Vegas, his stint in rehab for substance abuse, repeated run-ins with police involving domestic disputes with his girlfriend, videos emerging of him drinking and lying, or skipping team meetings and going to Las Vegas and wearing a disguise, there was only so much that even a historically losing franchise like the Browns could take.
Manziel’s career in Cleveland began with such excitement and such hype after the Browns drafted him 22nd overall in 2014, yet it ends in such disappointment and disgrace. Maybe Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys will give him a call to go be Tony Romo’s backup this upcoming season after the Browns axe him, but at this point, do not expect Johnny Manziel to ever get his act together. He has disappointed his team, his family, friends, and himself too many times. Unlike his departure from Texas AM, it is highly unlikely that Manziel is excited to no longer have a job in the NFL: