After two controversial seasons, the Cleveland Browns have waived quarterback Johnny Manziel … as expected.
The team made the announcement on Friday (March 11).
While he was greeted with excitement, when the Browns picked him with the 22nd pick of the 2014 Draft, his departure isn’t has ceremonious. Reports say that some local bars are celebrating with a “Say Bye to Johnny” event.
In a statement, Manziel responded to the news, thanking the team for the opportunity, though he was able to give up his partying ways and take his role seriously.
“I’d like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me — nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland,” he said. “I will always remember the support I received from the organization, my teammates and especially the fans.”
Manziel will be on waivers for 24 hours, after which — if he clears — can sign with another team, assuming another team gives him a shot, given his off-the-field behavior… which has made his future in the NFL unclear. He’s still just 23 …
The Browns will still be responsible for Manziel’s guaranteed base salaries of $1.169 million in 2016 and $1.004 million in 2017, but if a team claims him on waivers, they would have to take on those guarantees.
In two seasons in Cleveland, Manziel played in 15 games with eight starts — going 2-6 in those starts. Manziel has completed 147 of 258 passes (57 percent) with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a career passer rating of 74.4.