Breaking: Browns have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel pic.twitter.com/qIaRCAXCIV
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The Cleveland Browns have announced that they have come to terms with the second of their two first round picks in quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel has received the most attention of any rookie, overshadowing just about everyone in the entire draft, but he has one less issue to get done. Currently, he is working on competing for the Browns starting quarterback job with Brian Hoyer while everyone is consistently watching him when he is away from the facility, documenting it with photos and video with everyone reacting accordingly.
The Browns ultimately waited to pick Manziel, opting to take Justin Gilbert with the 8th pick in the draft after trading down from 4th pick with the Buffalo Bills who paid handsomely for the right to select Sammy Watkins. The Browns then swapping a spot with the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth round pick to get Gilbert. They moved up from the 26th overall pick in exchange for the third round pick they had acquired the year before from the Pittsburgh Steelers to move up to 22nd pick in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to pick Manziel.
At the moment, Hoyer is tabbed as the top quarterback but much of the national media refuses to believe that Hoyer starting is even a possiblity, going as far as suggesting that the Browns’ approach to making Manziel earn the job ‘hazing’. Despite his success in college, Manziel only played 26 games in his collegiate career and was only a redshirt sophomore, which has had a disastrous track record historically. The Browns have suggested as an organization they would be happy to sit the rookie for a year, but are not ruling out the possibility that he could simply earn the starting job. With the Manziel deal, there are six first round picks that remain unsigned including Gilbert, the Browns’ other first round pick.