Each April the owners and coaches from all 32 professional football teams of the NFL gather to decide which of the hundreds of college football players are worthy of joining the professional ranks with the NFL draft. There are a few players who make an instant impact of the teams that draft them. There are the players who take a little longer to really make their mark with the team but the coaches wait patiently because they see the potential. But then there are the college football standout outs that for whatever reason never seem to grasp the concepts, plays, or culture of the professional game.
While in college in Texas Johnny Manziel earned the name Johnny Football for his outstanding ability to lead his team as the quarterback. He was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2014 for his outstanding abilities as a quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies. As a result of that performance, the Cleveland Browns drafted Manziel in hopes that they had found a quarterback that could lead them to a victorious season ending in playoff play.
Manziel became known more for his off field escapades than his plays on the field of play. He has been cited more than once for getting into a spot of bother over his partying behaviour and most recently has been in trouble with law enforcement authorities.
That dream never came true for the Browns and after a tumultuous two years with Manziel spending most of his time on the bench as the backup quarterback, the Browns have released Manziel from the team. Even though the Browns have cut Manziel, they must honour the remainder of his four year contract at a little over two million a year for the next two years.
Manziel is free to speak with any of the other NFL teams who may have an interest in signing him on as a quarterback on the team.
Once a player has been released or cut from a team, that player is said to be on waivers and any team interested may sign that player. None of the 31 remaining NFL teams picked up Manziel off of waivers. As a result, Manziel is now considered a free agent and can try to market his services to any football team – including arena, indoor, and Canadian football teams.
During his two years with the Cleveland Browns, the 23 year old quarterback only played in 14 of a possible 32 games with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Manziel led his team to only two wins and six loses in the eight games he started. Off the field, Manziel spent 10 weeks in a drug and alcohol rehab facility, was seen partying in Las Vegas while out with a concussion, and is facing possible domestic violence charges.
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