The Cleveland Browns will officially cut troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel today, according to a tweet from Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland.
Stop when youve heard before … #Browns expected to release Johnny Manziel by close of day.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) March 11, 2016
This was all but a foregone conclusion, as Browns GM Sashi Brown implied in January that Manziel would be cut from the team at first opportunity following reports of a domestic violence incident between himself and his ex-girlfriend. Manziel could have been released Wednesday, but the fact that he hasn’t been yet suggests that Cleveland was looking to see if any other NFL teams would be interested in a trade.
Either way, the Johnny Manziel era is coming to a close in Cleveland and not a moment too soon. Since being drafted in 2014, he has only been a problem for the Browns despite showing flashes of potential.
After riding the bench for most of his rookie year, Manziel got a chance to start in 2015 but quickly fell out of favor with the coaching staff. He was caught on video partying in Texas during Cleveland’s bye week and reportedly showed up to practice drunk and hung over towards the end of the season.
And on top of all that, Manziel’s domestic violence case is set to be heard before a grand jury in Dallas County soon — meaning he could be looking at a suspension from the NFL.
Thus, once he is officially cut by the Browns, Johnny Manziel’s NFL career could very well be dead in the water.
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