With QB Johnny Manziel in rehab, the Browns will have a lot of hard choices to make between now and when training camp opens.
The Cleveland Browns are not planning on releasing QB Johnny Manziel and are preparing for him to return to the team by the start of training camp.
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Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported that the Browns are sticking by their former 1st-round pick and are “optimistic” that Manziel will be back with the team when training camp opens in July.
Manziel reportedly checked himself into rehab for unknown reasons this past Wednesday.
However, the Browns would likely be wise to hedge their bets by reaching a new deal with QB Brian Hoyer, who went 7-6 as a starter in 2014 before being benched.
If they can’t get something done with Hoyer, they could pursue free agent QB Mark Sanchez – who played with head coach Mike Pettine when the two of them were in New York from 2009 to 2012.
Despite a reputation for partying and disrespecting authority when he was a Heisman trophy winning QB at Texas A&M, the Cleveland Browns drafted Manziel No. 22 overall in the 2014 NFL draft.
In training camp he told reporters that he would not stop his partying ways just because he was an NFL player.
Manziel would lose the starting QB battle to Brian Hoyer, who led the Browns to a 7-6 record before being benched for poor performance.
In turn, the Browns gave Manziel his shot at starting QB, but in just two starts he was unable to get anything done – going a lowly 13 of 26 for 112 passing yards and 2 INTs before being placed on injured reserve in Week 17. He got into trouble on numerous occasions for getting into fights outside of football and drinking before practices.