Manziel era in Cleveland over as Browns waive troubled quarterback

Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:26pm EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland is over after two seasons of off-field and on-field struggles for the troubled quarterback.

In a move that was expected two days ago, the Browns officially waived Manziel on Friday.

Manziel, who was selected by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was expected to be released when the new league year began on Wednesday but he remained on the team's roster.

The Browns reportedly kept the 23-year-old Manziel for a few days on the chance that a team offered them a conditional late-round pick in a trade.

As many as three teams were interested in Manziel, according to Cleveland.com. One report had San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wanting to play in Cleveland.

Manziel appeared in 14 games with eight starts over two seasons. The Texas A&M product and former Heisman Trophy winner completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 259 rushing yards and one score.

Last season, Manziel started six games, appearing in nine total, and threw for 1,500 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions and had six fumbles, while adding 230 rushing yards. He had only two victories as a starter.

Manziel leaves with two years remaining on his four-year, $8,248,596 contract -- $7,998,596 of which was guaranteed.

The Browns still owe Manziel guaranteed base salaries in 2016 and 2017 of $1,169,872 and $1,004,125, respectively.   Continued...

 
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the game from the front row in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio, in this October 17, 2014 file photo.    REUTERS/David Richard-USA TODAY Sports