It’s safe to say that quarterback Johnny Manziel’s days in Cleveland are numbered, but there are multiple teams that do appear to be very interested in him.
Per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, as tweeted by Andrew Perloff of The Dan Patrick Show and Sports Illustrated, Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of a few teams taking a look at Manziel.
A move to Philadelphia could indeed be a step up for Manziel (and so could a move from the Browns for anybody, for that matter). Kelly’s offense is ideal for a quarterback who can use his legs to elude a pass rush, and Manziel happens to be just that, having rushed for 2,169 yards and 30 touchdowns at Texas A&M.
Moreover, unlike Cleveland, Philadelphia has a strong receiving corps in wideout Jordan Matthews, tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek and others.
Adding Manziel would be a puzzling move, but he’d still be an upgrade over the oft-injured Sam Bradford and inconsistent Mark Sanchez.
Manziel was currently demoted to third-string duties just after being named the team’s starter, following the release of a video of him partying and drinking in Austin during the Browns’ bye week. He was benched after it was learned that he lied to the team about when the video was taken.
Despite serving his punishment as a third-string quarterback for last week’s game, it is clear Manziel is still in the dog house.
After starter Josh McCown was ruled out for the season with a broken collarbone, the Browns could have given Manziel another shot. Instead, they decided to leave Manziel on the bench and have opted for Austin Davis.
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