At some point during the coming weeks the Cleveland Browns will likely part ways with troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, who they drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.
Tuesday morning, the Browns released a statement from new director of football operations Sashi Brown that expressed disappointment in Manziel but stopped short of saying the quarterback’s time in Cleveland will come to an end soon.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. 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,” Brown said in his statement. “His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
In all likelihood, the Browns will part ways with Manziel right after the start of the new league year in March. Just last weekend, police were called for an alleged assault in Fort Worth, Texas that many speculate Manziel was involved in. That incident came on the heels of a report during the final week of the 2015 season that indicated Manziel was in Las Vegas that resulted in him missing scheduled treatment for his concussion the morning of the regular season finale.
The Browns have since had a complete turnover in their front office and coaching staff since the 2015 season ended and it’s not surprising that they will soon part ways Manziel after just two seasons due to his continued off-the-field problems.
During his brief time in the league, Manziel has completed 147 of his 258 pass attempts for 1,675 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
At this point, one would think that the Browns will draft yet another quarterback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. They currently own the No. 2 overall selection after finishing 3-13 in 2015.