After two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, It looks like the Johnny Manziel experiment in Cleveland is over. According to Ian Rapoport, the team issued a statement today about Manziel. In the statement, it sounded like the team is ready to move on from the quarterback, and are going to cut him once the new NFL league year opens up on March 9th.
In 9 games this season, Manziel threw for 1,500 yards, 7 touchdowns, 5 interceptions with a passer rating of 79.4. He showed some flashes of success on the field, only to get into some off the field incidents during the season. Those incidents lead to him getting benched and getting demoted to the 3rd string quarterback.
The team drafted him in 2014 NFL draft, having high hopes for the kid to become the quarterback that can turn the struggling franchise. He has potential to become a good quarterback. The problem with him was he wouldn’t play up to the team’s expectations, only throwing seven touchdowns in two seasons. The biggest problem with Manziel in Cleveland has to be his off the field problems that the team did not tolerate in any way.
Browns are making a smart decision on most likely getting rid of Manziel. In the two seasons, it was showcased that the experiment did not work and he was nothing but a headache that did not perform up to the teams expectations. It was reported when Hue Jackson was hired coach, Jackson did not want Manziel as quarterback. It was not working out in Cleveland. The team will need to draft a quarterback in the NFL draft, hopeful that the player the team picked can become the franchise quarterback the team and the fan base has been craving for so long.
Now that Manziel is most likely will become a free agent, he will have revaluate a few things. Teams will be a little scared to touch him from seeing what he has done with the Browns. He will need to focus on football and not partying if he want to make it in the league. It is best for him to become a backup quarterback, learning and being mentored from a veteran starting quarterback. If he can stay out of trouble, and focus on becoming a great quarterback, there are a couple of teams who are going to be in need of a quarterback this offseason, that could look at him as a potential signing.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown wrote. “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.”