Although he was taken at No. 22 in Thursday’s (May 8) NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel has already made a huge financial impact on the Cleveland Browns.
According to ESPN.com, team president Alec Scheiner said that within 12 hours of the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback being selected, the Browns had sold more than 1,500 season tickets.
“We know right now that every one of our games is going to be sold out for next season,” he told the network.
Manziel’s addition sparked a frenzy among fans, and while the Browns said they were aware of their, their decision was solely based on football… not business. “The beauty of picking Johnny was that this was a football decision only,” Scheiner said. “It had nothing to do with business in any way. The fact that he’s an incredibly popular athlete wasn’t factored in at all.”
First-year coach Mike Pettine told reporters that Manziel will not be handed the starting quarterback position, but instead, will have to earn the job.