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Johnny Manziel | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Texas A&M
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Browns GM Ray Farmer says he'll "just see what happens" with Johnny Manziel.
Farmer said Manziel's standing with the team is "exactly" where it was before. "We support the young man," Farmer assured. "He took steps that he needed to take. At the end of the day, we’ve realized that he’s a part of our organization, and we’re moving forward." Farmer's words won't have meaning until next week's draft comes and goes without the Browns acquiring Marcus Mariota. Apr 23 - 5:06 PM

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Coach Mike Pettine insists Johnny Manziel remains in the Browns' plans.

Pettine called Chris Mortensen's report that the Browns have "90 percent" moved on from Manziel "90 percent inaccurate." He says he filed it in the "ridiculous category." Pettine came out swinging in Manziel's defense, but all signs point toward Josh McCown being miles ahead on the depth chart, and the Browns still working to add another quarterback. McCown's talent is such that Manziel could overtake him at some point in 2015, but that's dependent on the Browns failing to land Marcus Mariota. Owner Jimmy Haslam is fixated on finding a "franchise quarterback." So far, Haslam has looked in all the wrong places.
Apr 21 - 1:29 PM

Johnny Manziel is participating as the Browns opened their offseason program this week.

Manziel got out of rehab just in time to get the 2015 season underway. If the Browns make no changes to their quarterback situation, he'll head to camp as the underdog in a position battle with Josh McCown. Manziel has to earn the trust back of the team after failing to prepare himself properly as a rookie.
Apr 21 - 8:28 AM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports Johnny Manziel has been released from a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Manziel spent more than two months in the treatment facility trying to get his life and career back on track. The former is obviously the most important, but the focus will now change to Manziel's murky future with the Browns. Cleveland appears to have moved on from last year's first-round pick. They actively pursued Sam Bradford this offseason, and are reportedly interested in trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. If Cleveland cannot land a quarterback before training camp, Manziel would compete with journeyman QB Josh McCown for the starting job. If his focus is fully on football, Manziel has the talent to win that battle.
Apr 11 - 11:43 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Eagles are not interested in trading for Johnny Manziel.

A rumor hit the internets earlier this week that had the Eagles and Browns talking about a deal that would send Manziel plus draft picks to Philadelphia for Sam Bradford. Cole doesn't deny that the two teams have been talking, but says the discussions have centered around the Eagles wanting to acquire the Browns' first-round picks in an effort to move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota.
Apr 8 - 1:41 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Browns have mostly "moved on" from Johnny Manziel.

Just one year after taking Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick, the Browns appear to be throwing in the towel. "When they were putting together half of a new offensive staff, Manziel’s name barely even came up in conversation," Mort said. SI's Peter King chimed in Monday, saying Mort's take is 100 percent accurate and that Josh McCown in the "dominant talking point" in the organization. Furthermore, it's been confirmed the Browns were (and may still be) trying to trade for Sam Bradford. Manziel is coming out of rehab and entering a steep climb on the depth chart.
Apr 6 - 9:30 AM

Johnny Manziel could be discharged from rehab as soon as this week.

Unsurprisingly, Manziel will be ready to make his way back into society just in time for OTAs. He has his work cut out for him if he's going to be the Browns' Week 1 starter. ESPN's Chris Mortensen thinks it's "about 90 percent" that the team has "moved on" from Manziel. And team leader Joe Thomas said the No. 22 overall pick from last year lost "a lot of trust among the guys on the team" by being ill-prepared to play late in his rookie season. Meanwhile, the Browns have added Josh McCown and wanted to trade for Sam Bradford.
Apr 6 - 7:12 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine confirms the team expects Johnny Manziel to participate in the offseason program.

Manziel has been in rehab since January 28. "When he is back, it will be full speed ahead for him," Pettine said. "I think he's very anxious at this point." The Browns have worked desperately to bring in competition for Manziel, but have thus far only managed Josh McCown. Although the team appears ready to move on, Manziel is in the mix for the 2015 starting job as things stand now.
Mar 24 - 5:57 PM

A source tells ESPN the Browns expect Johnny Manziel to participate in the offseason workouts that begin April 20.

Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 draft, checked himself into a rehab facility on Jan. 28. He's expected to be released in early April, at which point he'll engage Josh McCown in a battle for the starting gig. A big step for Manziel will be to actually learn the plays, as he looked completely lost in his two rookie starts.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 8:18 AM

Johnny Manziel remains in rehab.

Manziel has been checked in for nearly six weeks. It's unclear when he'll leave. The Browns have added competition in the form of Josh McCown since Manziel began the process of getting his life together, but it's not insurmountable. McCown was among the league's worst quarterbacks last season. Manziel won't be the favorite to start Week 1, but could get himself in the 2015 picture.
Mar 9 - 6:28 PM

Coach Mike Pettine says the Browns are still looking to add talent at quarterback.

Pettine, who recently visited Johnny Manziel in rehab, said Manziel is "in a much better place now." Despite Manziel's improvement, Pettine still acknowledged that quarterback is "a position we're going to look to address." With Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown among the top free agent quarterbacks, Cleveland's margin for error is pretty slim. The Browns own the 12th pick in the draft, meaning they would likely have to trade up to select Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota.
Feb 19 - 8:24 AM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam threw support behind Johnny Manziel on Wednesday, saying he "absolutely" believes Manziel can still be an NFL starter.

Tape gurus Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell believed Manziel was a late-round prospect last May. On Haslam's orders, the Browns drafted him 22nd overall. "I ask that question a lot to our football people -- as recently as today," Haslam said. "'Do we still think he can be a starter in the NFL?' And the answer is consistently yes." Either Haslam hasn't surrounded himself with the right football people, or he's living in denial. Haslam definitely seems to be in denial about Manziel's off-field habits. "Let me say this, I don't know how much of Johnny's personal life was known by everybody then and I don't know how much is known now,'' the Browns' beleaguered owner said. "... It's way too early to give up on Johnny."
Feb 11 - 9:08 PM

The Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to be ready for training camp.

Manziel is only expected to be in rehab for a few weeks. But the team doesn't want to put any hard deadlines on his recovery, so they're not saying he'll be ready for OTAs. If Manziel is going to win the 2015 starting job, he needs to get clean, get his head right and get as many reps as possible this offseason. When Manziel made his first career start against the Bengals in Week 15, he literally didn't know the plays.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 9:05 AM

Johnny Manziel checked into a treatment facility last week.

Manziel's partying has been well documented. Much less publicized is Johnny Football's apparent dependency and/or addiction. "Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday," said his publicist. "Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend, and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team." From chugging champagne on inflatable swans to rolling up dollar bills in bathrooms to oversleeping and missing the final walkthrough of the season, Manziel's rookie year was a disaster off the field, as well as in the rare instances he set foot on it. Hopefully, he'll get himself in order and be back to compete for a job.
Feb 2 - 10:38 AM

Citing nearly 20 Browns sources, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon report Johnny Manziel exhibited a "year-long pattern" of lacking commitment and preparation to football and a "continued commitment to nightlife" during his rookie year.

One player called Manziel a "100 percent joke." Team security reportedly found Manziel "drunk off his a--" the morning before the Browns' season finale. He was fined for missing a treatment for his injured hamstring and spent the Week 17 loss to Baltimore in Cleveland's locker room. During his first NFL start, "Several sources said Manziel either didn't know the plays in the huddle or didn't call them correctly." Sources also told Fowler and McManamon that since-departed OC Kyle Shanahan preferred Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Savage to Manziel as a 2014 draft prospect. Fowler and McManamon claim Manziel still has some "support in the (Browns') building," though it's mostly "on the business side."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 3:15 PM