The Cleveland Browns are going to release quarterback Johnny Manziel in March, according to ESPN’s Pat McManamon. This news comes on the heels of Manziel being involved in another problem over the weekend involving his ex-girlfriend in Texas.
The Fort Worth, Texas authorities haven’t filed any changes against him. And no charges may come as they are currently investigating what happened for his ex-girlfriend to call the authorities on him.
The team can release him on Feb. 8th. However, the team does not have the room in the salary cap to make the decision at that time.
So, they’ll have to keep the headache on their roster until at least March 8th when the new NFL league-year starts. That is also the same day free agency will start and Manziel can look for a new team at that time.
By releasing him, they’ll have a $4.6 million salary cap hit.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Sashi Brown, the team’s EVP of Football Operations, said in a statement. “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.”
In his two seasons with the Browns after being their 2014 22nd overall pick, he’s started eight out of 14 games. He has gone 147 of 258 for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
His final game with the Browns could have been against the Kansas City Chiefs when he went 13 of 32 for 136 yards with an interception.
He was a no-show at the team’s season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland. He was reportedly partying in Las Vegas the night before then arriving at the team’s facility on the Monday afterwards.
This comes on the heels of the team reporting that he did not report to the team for his Sunday morning treatment under concussion protocol. All concussion players are supposed to do this.
He posted a photo of himself with a dog with a geotag to his location. However, social media said that he wasn’t there and was in Vegas with a wig and a white mustache and even asked to have his bill comped so that he didn’t have to use his credit card, which would give away his identification.
Just a week after former Browns head coach Mike Pettine named Manziel the starter for the rest of the season, a video on the Internet came out on Nov. 24th, 2015 that showed him partying.
He later lied to the team about the video. He also asked his friends to lie to the team about the video in question.
He was demoted to third string by Pettine for these actions.
A month earlier, he was pulled over by a police officer after reportedly fighting with his girlfriend in his car. No charges or discipline by the NFL has been made at this time.
He admitted that he was drinking that afternoon before being pulled over.
Speaking of alcohol, he decided to make the decision to clean himself from his alcoholic problems by entering into a rehabilitation center for alcohol addiction. He was in there for several weeks, before coming out and having a run in with a heckler at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament on May 30th.
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