Reports: Cleveland Browns to release Johnny Manziel in March

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Quarterback Johnny Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns in March, a league source tells ESPN.

The Cleveland Browns earlier Tuesday released a statement saying Manziel’s status with the team will be addressed “when permitted by league rules.”

ESPN also reports that the Browns don’t have the salary cap space to release Manziel any earlier and that the move will take place when the new NFL year starts on March 9.

Manziel was contacted but not questioned by police in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday morning over an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend. No charges were filed, and no arrests were made.

Tuesday, the following statement, attributed to Sashi Brown, the EVP of Football Operations, was released:

“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. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”

In October, Manziel was questioned by police in Ohio after witnesses reported him driving dangerously and getting physical in an altercation with his girlfriend.

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner for Texas A&M, has played for the Cleveland Browns since 2014.

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