Jimmy Haslam Comments on Johnny Manziel's Relationship with Browns

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIJanuary 28, 2016

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. The Browns are not commenting on a report that Manziel went to Las Vegas on the day before the season finale. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
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Johnny Manziel's future is uncertain, but Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam feels any ill will between the two parties can still be eliminated.

Haslam told Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan that he has no doubt the relationship between the former Heisman Trophy winner and the Browns can be saved:

Oh yeah, I don’t think there’s any question about that. We talked to Johnny before he left. And I know a big deal was made because Hue hasn’t called Johnny but we’ve got 53 players on the active plus 10 more and a couple of other real prominent players he’s talked to in the last few days so I’m sure he’ll get around to it.

New Browns head coach Hue Jackson has yet to speak to Manziel since being named Mike Pettine's replacement, but he has said that it has nothing to do with Manziel's off-the-field behavior or future with the Browns, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

“Johnny made progress on the field, I think that’s undeniable,” Haslam said, per Ruiter. “We have a certain expectation for our players, that includes Johnny, and he’s got to live up to those expectations.”

Manziel appeared in 10 games in 2015, his second season with the Browns, completing just under 58 percent of his passes and throwing seven touchdowns with five interceptions. He also went 2-4 as a starter as the Browns finished 3-13.

Haslam's comments are what you'd expect from someone running a team, but if Jackson is already prepared to move on from Manziel, as Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported, the writing may already be on the wall. Also, with Cleveland possessing the second pick in the upcoming NFL draft, a quarterback could be high on the priority list. In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler projected Cal's Jared Goff going to the Browns.

If Goff is the guy Jackson wants, there may not even be a need to salvage the relationship between the troubled quarterback and the struggling franchise.