Cleveland, Ohio —So long Johnny!
The Browns have cut ties with the Browns quarterback after two seasons.
The Browns in a release back in February said they would make the move to cut Manziel when the new NFL league year began. That was at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Many wonder what took so long and why the Browns waited until Friday to make it official.
The team was waiting to see if they could receive something in return for Manziel in a trade; when that didn’t work out they pulled the plug.
Manziel was originally drafted 22nd overall by the Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft. In two seasons, Manziel played 14 games, threw for 1,675 yards, had 7 touchdowns, and threw 7 interceptions.
Since the day he arrived in Cleveland, Manziel has spent a good portion of his free time partying all over the country. Manziel did a short rehab stint last year before the offseason workouts began.
The former Browns quarterback could face suspension from the NFL for his recent incident in Dallas, Texas, involving his ex-girlfriend. A grand jury is currently hearing the details of that case.
Colleen Crowley told officers Manziel became aggressive at a Dallas hotel on Jan. 30. According to an affidavit, she begged a valet driver to help her as Manziel forced her into her car. He also hit hurt on the left side of her head, rupturing her eardrum, the affidavit said.
Crowley said Manziel threatened to kill her and himself, and she felt he was experiencing a psychotic episode. A judge granted her a protection order and the case is now in the hands of a Texas grand jury.
Back in October, officers found Manziel and Crowley on the side of Interstate 90 in Avon. According to the police report, Crowley threw Manziel’s wallet out of the car. She told police he hit her, but she didn’t want to press charges.
The quarterback sat out Cleveland’s season finale against the Steelers with concussion-like symptoms.
At that time, ESPN Las Vegas reported Manziel was wearing a blonde wig and fake mustache at a club on The Strip. He reportedly introduced himself as “Billy” and tried to have his bill comped so he wouldn’t have to put it on a card.
Manziel lost several endorsements throughout the year and even lost his agent following his partying lifestyle. The troubled quarterback claims other teams would be interested in him if released by the Browns. We’ll see how that plays out now that he is a free agent.