Johnny Manziel: Latest News, Rumors on Browns QB's Future

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field, after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on December 27, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have endured another regime change, and quarterback Johnny Manziel may not be in their future plans.

Continue for updates.

Cowboys Reportedly Won't Pursue Manziel 

Thursday, Feb. 4

A Dallas Cowboys source told Mike Leslie of WFAA News 8 that the Cowboys are "official out" on trying to sign Manziel if he were to get cut from the Browns. This comes after new details emerged surrounding Manziel's latest off-the-field incident.  

Per WFAA News 8's Rebecca Lopez, Manziel allegedly told his ex-girlfriend he'd kill them both during an incident that occurred on Jan. 30. However, no charges were filed by the police, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Browns Not Expected to Retain Manziel

Tuesday, Feb. 2's Pat McManamon reported the Browns plan to part ways with Manziel in March.

Teams Interested in Manziel

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Manziel has told people the Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have all expressed interest in him, per Ed Werder of ESPN.

Brown Releases Statement on Manziel's Future

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown released a statement regarding Manziel:

We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. 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. We will have no further comment at this time.'s Kevin Seifert noted the team cannot release Manziel any sooner than next week, per league rules.

Browns Reportedly Giving Manziel 'Silent Treatment'

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Mary Kay Cabot of reported that "Manziel received the cold shoulder [and] silent treatment" after he went to Las Vegas and skipped his concussion treatment.

Jackson Wants to Move on from Manziel

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was hired as the Browns' head coach Wednesday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, and Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported Jackson "made it clear he'd want to move on from Johnny."

Manziel Reportedly Didn't Know to Report for Exam

Monday, Jan. 4

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported Manziel showed up to the team facility on Saturday for treatment but did not know he had to on Sunday. However, Cole added there are unanswered questions, such as why Manziel wasn't present for the game and could not be reached by the team.

On Sunday, the MMQB's Peter King reported that Manziel, who is in concussion protocol, was required to show up for a medical exam at 9 a.m. on Sunday but didn't prior to Week 17's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that day.

Even though Manziel wasn't playing against Pittsburgh, he was still mandated to undergo an evaluation with a team medic. The Browns couldn't reach the 23-year-old QB on his phone, according to King, who added that Manziel "wants to go to Dallas."

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed to reporters after King's report that Manziel did not report to the team on Sunday morning.

Manziel Not Meeting with Media

Monday, Jan. 4

Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported Manziel would not speak to reporters Monday, adding that teammates said he has been in meetings.  

Manziel Reportedly Made Trip to Las Vegas, Showed Up to Facility Intoxicated

Sunday, Jan. 3

Manziel has failed to live up to his first-round billing and the immense hype that's surrounded him since he entered the NFL in 2014. He had a lost rookie season that was followed by a stint in rehab.

Although he made noticeable strides on the gridiron this season, Manziel has continued to appear in the news away from the field.

Scott Boeck of USA Today reported Manziel was spotted in Las Vegas on Saturday night, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Manziel's agents haven't commented on their client's location since he left the Browns facility Saturday.

Then came another discouraging report from's Tony Grossi (via colleague Bruce Hooley):

Browns Have Opportunity to Move on from Manziel Through Draft

Manziel's inability to succeed early on is part of the reason the Browns announced the firings of head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer on Sunday.

The Browns will have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft after posting a 3-13 record. They could move on from Manziel, who may not even want to remain in Cleveland.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has spoken highly of Manziel and publicly fantasized about drafting him more than once. A return home to the Lone Star State in a big market with a lax owner who likes to take risks on players with off-field flags may be what Manziel needs to thrive.

Or perhaps Manziel will flame out even faster as a member of America's Team, which has lacked a viable backup to star signal-caller Tony Romo but may not be able to count on Manziel to fill that role.