The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland is just about over. Shortly after another off-the-field incident involving a possible altercation with his ex-girlfriend, the Browns released a statement that didn’t say anything definitive about their immediate plans for “Johnny Football,” but said just about everything at the same time.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” the statement read. “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 other words, Johnny Manziel will be cut by the Cleveland Browns when it benefits them to do so on March 9. Why March 9, you ask? The reason the statement is so vague is that the Browns can’t afford the $4.6 million cap hit that would come from cutting Manziel until the cap increases on that very date.
Coupled with Manziel’s alcohol issues, his hard partying, sporadic play, and allegedly lying about a trip to Las Vegas make it easy to see why Cleveland is ready to let Johnny go. This does nothing but fuel the fire of Manziel eventually joining the Dallas Cowboys as he has been a favorite of owner Jerry Jones since he was a Heisman trophy winner in college.
— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2016
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