Johnny Manziel was just dropped by the Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel is no longer a Cleveland Brown.

The team announced on Friday afternoon that they were waiving the troubled quarterback after two years in the NFL.

Manziel was the 22nd overall selection by the Browns in 2014, their second of two first-round draft picks that year.

His two seasons in Cleveland were marred by off-the-field struggles and limited on-the-field success.

Manziel spent 10 weeks in rehab after his rookie season and is the subject of a grand jury investigation in Dallas into whether he assaulted his former girlfriend.

Manziel has become known for his hard partying ways. The night he was signed by Cleveland he was spotted partying in New York City alongside the rapper Drake.

In Week 17 of his freshman year Manziel missed walk-through because he was out partying the night prior.

Manziel eventually went to rehab from January through April last year and returned with a promise to slow down his self destructive behavior.

He led the Browns to a win over the Tennessee Titans in the second game of the 2015 season but returned to the backup role two weeks later when Josh McCown was cleared from a concussion.

A bye-week social media video of Manziel at a club in Texas appeared during the regular season, and Manziel lied to the coaching staff, saying it was an old video when it was in fact new.

His lies and constant partying eventually led the Browns to demote him into the third-string QB position. He returned to the starting lineup only after McCown broke his collarbone and Austin Davis struggled in December.

After police were called about the domestic violence incident on Jan. 29, new director of football operations Sashi Brown said on February 2 that Manziel’s behavior “undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization.”

His own father told the Dallas Morning News that feared his son would not see his 24th birthday.

At the scouting combine, coach Hue Jackson said the Browns would “draw a line” and “that behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward.”

It should be a good fresh start for the Cleveland Browns. In two seasons with the team Manziel played in 15 games with eight starts. The Browns went 2-6 in those starts. He threw just as many touchdowns (seven) as interceptions (seven).

While he has been waived, the Browns are still responsible for his salary of $1.169 million in 2016 and $1.004 million in 2017, although any team that claims him on waivers would assume those guarantees.

The Browns are also taking a salary-cap hit of $4.33 million for releasing him.

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

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