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Johnny Manziel Cut by Browns: Twitter Reacts to QB's Release

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. Manziel had a second straight troubling season with Cleveland, one that included him being benched for misbehavior off the field. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam Haslam said Manziel made “undeniable” progress as a starter, but the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s commitment remains a major question mark. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2016

The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that they waived quarterback Johnny Manziel in a move that has been expected for weeks, but that didn't prevent a firestorm of activity on social media.

As pointed out by SportsCenter, Johnny Football's short and tumultuous tenure with the Browns led to some less-than-stellar results:

The former Heisman Trophy winner enjoyed so little success, in fact, that NOTSportsCenter was at a loss with regard to Manziel's accomplishments with the Browns:

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the quarterback-needy Browns made a fairly significant statement by giving up on Manziel so quickly:

The fall from grace was swift and devastating for Manziel since Browns fans heralded him as a potential savior when he was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, as evidenced by this video from Busted Coverage:

Browns fans weren't the only ones who were a bit misguided when it came to their feelings about Manziel's NFL prospects, however.

NFL_Stats (via NOTSportsCenter's Someone's An Idiot) dug up an old tweet from presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who expected big things out of the dual-threat star:

The 2014 draft was fairly rich with quarterback talent, as Minnesota Vikings signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr both came off the board after Johnny Football.

That is likely a tough pill to swallow for the Browns, but Howie Lindsey of 790 KRD in Louisville, Kentucky, didn't hesitate to bring it up:

Manziel has provided no shortage of fodder for sports pundits in recent years, and his release is the latest example of that.

Not everyone is jumping at the chance to discuss Johnny Football, though. ESPN's Michelle Beadle is among those who have had their fill of the controversial quarterback:

NFL Network's Heath Evans seemed to agree, although he was a bit more forceful and direct in his dismissal of Manziel as an NFL player:

Any NFL team is now free to claim Manziel if it so chooses, but the headaches and media scrutiny that come along with having him on the roster may not be worth it.

There is no question Johnny Football is a talented and exciting player, but the manner in which Twitter reacted to his release is an example of what an organization will be faced with if it does decide to sign him.  

 

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