Johnny Manziel will no longer be with the Cleveland Browns come March. The team announced Tuesday that the former Texas A&M star would be let go as part of the team’s major makeover. The Browns will wait until March 9 to release him – the date that the new NFL year begins.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has been plagued with off-field issues throughout his two seasons with Cleveland. His latest incident, an assault investigation involving his ex-girlfriend, was seemingly the team’s final straw as seen in a statement from Sashi Brown, Cleveland’s new director of football operations.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Brown said. “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.”
When the Browns move on from Manziel, his eight starts will be the shortest tenure by any Cleveland QB drafted in the first round. This unimpressive list includes Brady Quinn (12 starts), Brandon Weeden (20 starts) and Tim Couch (59 starts).
In those eight starts, ‘Johnny Football’ had a 74.4 quarterback rating while throwing for 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He led the Browns to a 2-6 record and consistently failed to live up to expectations.
Here is a (not-so-brief) timeline of Manziel’s off-field behavior:
May 26, 2014 – Photos appear of Manziel in Vegas during the Browns downtime
June 16, 2014 – Video surfaces of Manziel clearly inebriated holding money to his ear
July 4, 2014 – Photo appears of the QB rolling money into a small tube in Las Vegas
August 14, 2014 – Manziel shows up late to training camp meeting
August 18, 2014 – Manziel flips off Redskins fans during nationally televised game
December 27, 2014 – Manziel skips team walk-through and admits to previous night of drinking
January 28, 2015 – Manziel enters treatment center
October 12, 2015 – Manziel questioned by police after reckless driving
November 23, 2015 – Photos emerge of Manziel holding bottle in Austin, Texas club
January 6, 2016 – Manziel is cited for driving with expired license
January 30, 2016 – Manziel is investigated for altercation with girlfriend
The list is terrifyingly long, making it clear Cleveland has dealt with an unheralded number of issues throughout Manziel’s time with the team. At least the Browns’ organization can take solace in knowing the final piece of this timeline will read:
March 9, 2016 – Manziel cut from Cleveland Browns