Per Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the NFL has suspended Manziel four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted Manziel is not out of the NFL's doghouse after the four-game suspension:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Johnny Manziel's 4-gm suspension only applies to substance abuse. If he signs, he's subject to the personal conduct policy (his legal case)2016-6-30 17:00:54
That said, there doesn't appear to be a lot of faith among NFL front offices that he will play in the league again, per Benjamin Allbright of CBS Sports:
Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL
Asked 22 NFL front office guys if Manziel would ever play in NFL again. 20 "no" answers. 2 "maybe"2016-6-30 17:02:31
Manziel won't have to serve a suspension if he never puts on an NFL uniform again. He did play in 10 games for the Cleveland Browns last season, throwing for 1,500 yards, but his list of off-field exploits is about as long as Infinite Jest.
Pro Football Talk pointed out the Browns benefit from Manziel's suspension:
Browns are likely secretly happy about the Manziel suspension, since it likely will void the remaining guaranteed money in his contract.2016-6-30 16:55:46
At the start of Thursday's Russillo and Kanell show on ESPN Radio, former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell offered a silver lining for Manziel:
Russillo and Kanell @RussilloKanell
BREAKING NEWS: Johnny Manziel suspended 4 games by NFL for violating substance abuse policy. But, bright side... https://t.co/ymc9Zhutgk2016-6-30 17:11:09
Manziel previously told TMZ Sports he planned to go sober starting July 1 while preparing for an NFL comeback.
Matt Marron noted the irony of Manziel's suspension:
Ryan Nanni of Every Day Should Be Saturday made a nice correlation between the length of Manziel's suspension and another punishment handed down by the NFL:
Ryan Nanni @celebrityhottub
I’m not saying the NFL gave Manziel the same punishment as Brady just to rile people up but ok yes I am absolutely saying that2016-6-30 17:17:15
It's become easy to poke fun at Manziel for everything that's happened, but he has major issues that need to be addressed.
It's one thing to be 23 years old and having fun, yet it's completely different to have a drug suspension on your resume three months after an NFL team released you. Manziel's father is nearly begging for his son to go to jail, hoping it will provide the necessary push for him to take rehab seriously.
Manziel is a good athlete, but staying out of trouble should be a higher priority than a return to the NFL.