Johnny Manziel Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation Surrounding Browns QB

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Quarterback Johnny Manziel's tenure with the Cleveland Browns seems to be nearing its conclusion, but current indications are the Browns will have options should they choose to unload him.

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Report: Multiple Teams Interested in Acquiring Manziel

Thursday, Dec. 3

According to Andrew Perloff of The Dan Patrick Show, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter revealed Thursday the St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, as well as Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, have all shown some level of interest in trading for Johnny Football.

"Somebody's gonna roll the dice on him," Schefter said.

Although the 22-year-old signal-caller was recently named the Browns' starting quarterback, he was quickly demoted to third string after video surfaced that allegedly showed Manziel partying during the team's bye week.

Per ESPN.com's Pat McManamon, Browns head coach Mike Pettine pointed toward accountability as the reason behind his decision: "When you have a great opportunity in front of you, it is important that you demonstrate that you can handle the responsibility that comes with it. I can't emphasize enough the importance of the trust and the accountability piece. This is where we had an obvious shortcoming."

Even after starter Josh McCown was lost for the season with a fractured collarbone, Pettine decided to keep Manziel in a backup capacity with Austin Davis assuming the starting role, per ESPN.com.

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Manziel started three games this season with mixed results, going 1-2; overall he's completed 59.4 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and two interceptions.

The 2014 first-round pick has yet to prove he can be a quality starter in the NFL, but it is easy to see why teams have interest in his raw talent.

Both the Rams and the 49ers have major quarterback issues with Nick Foles and Colin Kaepernick, respectively, so they are logical candidates.

The Cowboys have little behind injured quarterback Tony Romo, and it is well-documented that owner Jerry Jones advocated drafting Manziel in 2014.

As for Kelly, neither Sam Bradford nor Mark Sanchez has worked out, and the former Heisman Trophy winner's mobility could play well in Kelly's offense, much like Marcus Mariota at Oregon.

Should the Browns trade Manziel, the team that acquires him will be paying for potential and banking on the notion that he can get past his off-field issues.

Since it is highly unlikely the asking price will be a first-round pick, making a move for Manziel could be a worthwhile enterprise for a quarterback-needy team, as he'll almost certainly come at a discount.

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