Johnny Manziel Inspired Browns' Selection with 'Hurry Up and Draft Me' Text

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

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At least it wasn't another homeless person directing the Cleveland Browns' draft plans.

Less than a week after team owner Jimmy Haslam revealed that he listened to a homeless person making the case that the Browns should draft Johnny Manziel, Cleveland's quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said during a radio interview Thursday that Haslam may have been swayed by a text Loggains received from Johnny Football himself, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer:

"We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, 'I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.'

"When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine)," Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. "I'm like 'this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.' As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, 'pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.'"

On one hand, this is encouraging news for Browns fans. Manziel wanted to come to Cleveland. He didn't shy away from the organization, even given its track record for chewing up and spitting out quarterbacks since coming back into the league in 1999.

This follows an interview Manziel gave toΒ John McClain of the Houston ChronicleΒ in February in which he stated that he'd love to bring a Super Bowl to the franchise.

"If something happens, and it's the Cleveland Browns, I'm going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland," Manziel said. "I don't care if they've had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I'm going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl."

Any time you hear that kind of commitment, you can't help but to be encouraged as a fan.

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Of course, the discouraging part of this might be Haslam, a team owner, overstepping his authority a bit too much and taking an active role in how the team is built. He hires a general manager and coaching staff to draft players and sign free agents.

Haslam may be creeping into Jerry Jones territory before too long, and that's not a good thing. Jones has built a reputation for meddling in the Dallas Cowboys' affairs, much to the detriment of the franchise.

Of course, if the Browns start winning Super Bowls, nobody is going to care.