Troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel’s time with the Cleveland Browns will soon come to an end. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the team will cut Manziel when the new league year begins March 9. Rapoport reported the Browns have $20 million in cap space for 2015 that will carry over to 2016 but none now.
And since Manziel has guarantees in his contract, they need space to absorb the cap hit in 2015. So they will wait for the league year to start to cut the player they know they no longer had plans for once head coach Hue Jackson was hired. Manziel certainly did all he could to make sure the Browns wouldn’t have long-term plans for him.
Vice president of football operations Sashi Brown spoke on Manziel’s most recent off-field incident Tuesday.
He said, “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.”
The Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement Saturday that they are investigating Manziel for a possible assault on a 23-year-old female. The incident allegedly occurred late last Friday evening at an apartment complex in Fort Worth. Officers were called out but were unable to locate a crime scene within the Fort Worth jurisdiction.
The Fort Worth Police Department is still actively working with the Dallas Police Department to determine if a criminal offense occurred. The NFL has even jump in there with a spokesman saying, “We are aware and looking into it.” Manziel was fined for missing a scheduled medical treatment on the final Sunday of the season.
Then he was benched in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens after a video came out of the quarterback partying at a club in Austin. A week prior to that, Manziel was cleared of any wrongdoing in a domestic violence incident. And all this comes after he spent 10 weeks of the 2015 offseason in a Pennsylvania rehab facility specializing in alcohol and substance abuse.
Congratulations to Manziel!
He did all he could to get out of Cleveland and finally did it.