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Browns VP Sashi Brown Discusses Johnny Manziel's Future with Team, Latest Video

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. LeBron James and his business partners will no longer work with Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2016

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was plagued by controversy off the field throughout the 2015 season, and the start of a new year evidently hasn't changed much. 

A video posted on BustedCoverage.com (Warning: NSFW Language) allegedly shows Manziel partying in Dallas last weekend, and newly minted Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown had plenty to say regarding the quarterback's behavior during a meeting with reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. 

"I haven't seen them, but I would care about it just because I want all of our guys to represent themselves well and be responsible in terms of their behavior off the field," Brown said, per Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot

Brown also mentioned the need for Manziel to show he's committed to the team, and the team VP noted the arrival of head coach Hue Jackson will likely put the signal-caller under the microscope. 

"Johnny's got a new coaching staff that I'm sure will be watching closely in Hue Jackson and Pep Hamilton and he's got that opportunity," Brown said, according to Cabot. "He's certainly got the capacity and it's just on him to do it."

However, the new regime may have already made up its mind on Manziel. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Jackson's arrival "will trigger" the end of Manziel's time with the Browns, while Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo said Jackson "made it clear he'd want to move on from Johnny."

Whether Manziel holds onto a roster spot or not, the optics surrounding his latest off-field faux pas won't help his image in the slightest. The 23-year-old fought bad PR when video surfaced of him drinking over the holidays, via Busted Coverage, and that was just the start of a sequence that further tarnished his image following an offseason stay at a rehab treatment facility.  

Manziel later reportedly skipped a mandatory concussion protocol session with the Browns, which prompted The MMQB's Peter King to report the team was "so done" with him. All of that came on the heels of USA Today reporting Manziel was seen in a Las Vegas casino prior to the Browns' Week 17 showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

That said, Brown hasn't shut the door on a Manziel return. 

"Yea, I think absolutely he's a got a chance to be here,'' Brown said, per Cabot. "He's got a chance to be here."

Rumors also continue to swirl regarding Manziel potentially landing a gig with the Dallas Cowboys, but such a move would require the Browns to dump him this offseason. 

Not only has Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported "there is a real possibility (or hope) that team owner Jerry Jones" could bring Manziel or Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to Dallas, but former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman recently told Sports Illustrated he believes "either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will be in Dallas as the backup."

Jackson, Brown and Co. are still poring over Cleveland's roster with the offseason just now kicking into high gear, but Manziel's employment status seems tenuous at best—especially with the Browns holding the No. 2 overall pick in an NFL draft that is loaded with intriguing prospects at quarterback. 

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