Johnny Manziel: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent QB

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Johnny Manziel: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent QB
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Johnny Manziel became available to all 32 NFL teams March 11 when the Cleveland Browns announced they had waived the 2014 first-round pick. It was the end of a marriage that had been headed toward a divorce for months.

Now the young quarterback is trying to figure out a way to continue his life as an NFL player, but his list of potential suitors is already dwindling.

Continue for updates.


Jones Comments on Manziel's Road to Potential NFL Return

Tuesday, April 19

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke about Manziel during an interview on 105.3 The Fan, via Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram:

Well, I think it's all been said about Johnny. He needs to obviously get his hands around what he's doing off the field and how he can be more functional in terms of being in a spot where a team can account on him or depend on him. Obviously that's something he's got to get his hands around and I'm sure it's a work in progress for him. We all know when you have that in your life, it can be difficult.

I'm sure everybody would love to see him get his hands around it so he can come back and be the type of player he was picked to be at Cleveland.


Rosenhaus Reportedly Drops Manziel As Client

Tuesday, April 19

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported agent Drew Rosenhaus officially terminated his relationship with Manziel on Tuesday.

On April 13, Schefter provided a statement from Rosenhaus, who spoke about his relationship with Manziel:

Earlier, TMZ reported Manziel was a passenger in a car involved in a hit-and-run accident in Hollywood last weekend and was picked up by Josh Gordon.


Conflicting Reports Surround Broncos' Interest in Manziel

Thursday, April 7

Schefter said Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak spoke with Manziel about a potential fit "down the line." Schefter noted "the Broncos want to see how his pending legal issues and potential NFL discipline are resolved" before they pursue the quarterback.

However, Mike Klis of 9News reported that the Broncos "have no plans to sign [Manziel] and [he] has not been discussed." Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Kubiak reached out to Manziel in March but confirmed Klis' report about Denver's intentions.


Rosenhaus Comments on Manziel's Free Agency

Tuesday, March 22

Rosenhaus, who represented Manziel at the time, told Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram on March 21 that "there is interest and a market" for Manziel. Hill reported Rosenhaus is at the owners' meeting shopping the quarterback.

Rapoport reported on March 22 that "Manziel does have interest from teams, but they seem to be waiting for NFL disciplinary process to be concluded. That's an issue." Rapoport added that "NFL review of [Manziel's] conduct is in a holding pattern while his case is sent to the grand jury. Forces everything to hit pause." Rapoport also noted that "Colleen Crowley, Manziel's former [girlfriend], hasn't spoken to the NFL yet and likely won't until the grand jury reached a decision. Could be months."


Manziel Reportedly Unlikely to Sign in Near Future

Monday, March 14

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report passed along what he was hearing regarding Manziel's future in the NFL after the Browns let the QB go:


Manziel Clears Waivers

Saturday, March 12

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported Manziel was not claimed on Saturday.


Report: Cowboys Not Interested in Manziel

Friday, March 11

According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Cowboys "have no intention of bringing [him] in for a visit or signing him now that he's been released by Cleveland."

A source told Moore he doesn't see the Cowboys having any serious discussions about Manziel "until he gets his life back in order.''

The Cowboys were naturally going to be discussed as a potential landing spot. Owner Jerry Jones told ESPN.com's Don Van Natta Jr. in 2014 he was "still so damn mad at Stephen [Jones, director of player personnel]...about missin' [Manziel]."

Without specifically mentioning Manziel, Jones danced around the subject again near the end of last season during a radio interview on 105.3 FM (via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News) when asked about finding the Cowboys' quarterback of the future:

So, yeah, we've been thinking about it, and thinking about when the time to, the confluence of the opportunity in the draft as well as the right player comes along. As you know, I was a committee of one that year [2014] that was thinking that we could make it -- I don't want to even go into names. I don't want to get involved in that.


Manziel's Off-the-Field Issues May Make Him Too Risky to Teams

At this point, Manziel is nearly untouchable in NFL circles. He's the subject of a domestic-violence case for an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend that's been sent to a grand jury, per Eric Prisbell of USA Today.

Until Manziel turns his personal life around, NFL teams will likely continue to stay away from him.

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