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Friday
Apr172015

Browns' Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in Rehab

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization. 

"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues.  "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process.

"I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes.

The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts.


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Saturday
Apr112015

Manziel Released From Rehab

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Now that Johnny Manziel has likely finished rehabbing his personal life, he will attempt to do the same with his football career.

According to multiple media reports, Manziel has been released from rehab and will now return to the Browns for their offseason conditioning programs. ESPN first reported the story.

Manziel, 22, was more famous in his rookie season for his off-the-field activities than his feats on it.  He was photographed in a bathroom with a rolled-up dollar bill, readily admitted that he had numerous incidents of hard partying instead of working at his craft and even overslept for an injury treatment session after a night of drinking.

During Manziel's six quarters of game action he looked lost and proved ineffective, most notably in week 15 when the Bengals shut out the Browns 30-0 and he completed 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions.

Currently, the Browns have Manziel and offseason addition Josh McCown at the top of the quarterback depth chart. Both players are expected to compete for the lead job when the team enters training camp, unless Cleveland adds a quarterback later this month in the draft.

 


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Monday
Apr062015

Browns' Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than one year after being dubbed the quarterback of the future, Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns may already be the quarterback of the past.

Before even entering the NFL, there were questions about Manziel's maturity and ability to be the face of the franchise. He did little to alleviate those concerns, according to All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas.

"I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being 'the man,' being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life," Thomas told ESPNCleveland.com.

"You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I'm guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. ...I think those were really positive steps," Thomas added.

Manziel entered voluntary treatment as a result of his partying lifestyle back on Jan. 28.

In five games during his rookie season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one total touchdown.


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Tuesday
Mar242015

Report: Browns Expect Manziel to Return in April

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to return to the organization for spring workouts, according to ESPN.

Manziel has been in rehab since January 28 to treat his abuse of alcohol as well as, "be a better family member, friend and teammate," according to a statement from his attorney on Feb. 3.

An exact date for Manziel's release was not provided. 

Competing with Manziel for the starting position will be Josh McCown, whom the team signed this offseason after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown signed a three-year, $14 million contract.

The team is also exploring other options at quarterback. It was reported that the Browns offered one of their first-round picks to the Eagles after they acquired Sam Bradford from the Rams. The Browns are also potentially exploring a trade-up in the draft to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.


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Monday
Mar232015

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for "Hard Knocks"

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(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns appear to be the next team to join the Hard Knocks reality series.

According to Vic Carruci of the Buffalo News, the Browns are the front runners to appear on the NFL's preseason documentary. Carruci is a former employee of the Browns.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine is no stranger to the series as he appeared in 2010 while defensive coordinator of the Jets, when New York gained acclaim for their role on the program.

Other teams that fall under mandatory consideration for the show include, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins.

Last season the Atlanta Falcons were the prominent focus of Hard Knocks.


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Thursday
Feb192015

Mike Pettine: 'We're Proud of' Johnny Manziel

Elsa/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is proud of quarterback Johnny Manziel checking himself into rehab.

Petttine spoke with reporters at the NFL combine on Wednesday and said that before they drafted 'Johnny Football' that they were aware of the player they were getting.

"We had the same information everyone else in the league had," Pettine said. "It's easy to look back now and say, 'What did you miss?' You can interpret something a little bit differently now and it turns out to be a deeper-rooted thing than you thought."

Pettine said he visited with Manziel and credited him for not letting things get any worse.

"I just wanted to go visit him and see how he's doing, let him know that we're proud of him for the decision he made to go in," Pettine said. "Obviously he has our full support. ...He stepped up and said, 'I need help.'"

"He's in a much better place now than before he went in," Pettine continued. "He's very determined to come out of it in a much better way."

Pettine said he was not told what exactly happened to Manziel, but was happy he got the help that was available.

"As we were getting into discussions on each player at the end of the year and the best path moving forward, he decided to put himself in," Pettine said. "I'm sure something occurred. I personally don't know what that exact point was."

The Browns still must address their quarterback situation, if Manziel doesn't become the starter next season. 

Brian Hoyer remains a free agent, but both sides are reportedly not even close to a deal.


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Thursday
Feb052015

Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The black cloud looming over the Cleveland Browns is turning into an outright thunderstorm.

As the Browns offseason continues to spiral into the abyss, general manager Ray Farmer could face a possible suspension and the organization a loss of a draft pick and a steep fine as a result of texts being sent to the sidelines mid-game during the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com.

First reported by Cleveland.com, the Browns, specifically Farmer, was reported to have texted with former quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggins, who sat in the press pox and additionally sent messages to former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan down on the sideline.

Sending communications via text during a game is illegal under NFL rules. It is believed that Farmer was not sending information regarding strategy but commenting about the use of quarterbacks and play calling.

Shanahan resigned and Loggins was fired. According to ESPN reports, Shanahan felt that the front office was interfering with the team decisions on-field and the text messages were another form of influencing coaching decisions.

This offseason has not been productive for the Browns as wide receiver Josh Gordon faces at least a one-year ban, quarterback Johnny Manziel enters rehab, the teams two top offensive minds need to be replaced and according to CBS' Jason La Canfora, starting tight end Jordan Cameron, who is a free agent, has said he is "not interested" in re-signing with the team.


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Monday
Feb022015

Browns' Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment center on Wednesday.

"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns."

"We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same," he continued.

ESPN.com interviewed numerous Browns sources who made reference that Manziel was partying too hard. His party habits have been much scrutinized since his days at Texas A&M.

After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel became a lightning rod in the media and sports world. He was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick in the first round.

He struggled his rookie season, throwing for 175 yards in five games with one total touchdown.


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Friday
Jan092015

ESPN: Kyle Shanahan Parts Ways with Browns

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kyle Shanahan has resigned as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, according to ESPN.

ESPN also reports quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains has been fired.

Shanahan spent only one season in Cleveland and, according to ESPN, left because he did not agree with the front office about Johnny Manziel. Shanahan didn't believe the team could win with Manziel as the starter, but the front office insisted on starting him.

The Browns' offense was 20th in passing yards per game and 17th in rushing yards per game last season.


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Monday
Dec292014

Browns QB Johnny Manziel Denies Report of Party

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEREA, Ohio) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel denied a report on Monday that he missed his treatment appointment with the team on Saturday because he threw a party with his teammates.

The Browns had to send their security personnel to his home on Saturday morning after he failed to show up at team headquarters to have his injured hamstring worked on. He told the team that he had overslept.

“I feel like because the perception that I base around myself, and I’ve done this to myself, that was allowed to be reported, and people were allowed to just nod their head and act like that went on, when in fact it was completely untrue,” Manziel said.

The Browns suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon for the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens after he missed the team walk-through. Initial reports stated that Gordon was with Manziel at the party.


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