The Cleveland Browns will release quarterback Johnny Manziel in March, reports ESPN’s Pat McManamon.
Manziel, a former first-round pick, has been involved in numerous controversies in his two seasons in Cleveland. Most recently, police were called to investigate an alleged assault potentially involving Manziel on Saturday.
Browns director of football operations Sashi Brown released a statement on Manziel’s latest incident Tuesday.
“We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Brown said. “Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules.”
In January, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the decision to keep or release Manziel would be made by Brown and head coach Hue Jackson. The Browns will wait until March 9 to release the quarterback for salary cap purposes, reports McManamon.
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In 14 games over two seasons, Manziel has completed 57% of his passes with seven touchdown and seven interceptions for a 74.4 passer rating.
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