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

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2016

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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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:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Johnny Manziel started 8 games since being drafted in '14 1st round. • 2-6 record • 1,675 Pass yds • 7 TD • 7 Int https://t.co/gjrweLgtoa

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:

NOTSportsCenter @NOTSportsCenter

Highlights from the Johnny Manziel era with the Browns: https://t.co/V53Lqy3jhm

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

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Manziel’s 8 starts w/@Browns are the fewest by a QB that Cleveland selected in the 1st round in the common draft era https://t.co/dF86PuW6lQ

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:

Busted Coverage @bustedcoverage

Never forget Cleveland's reaction to drafting Manziel https://t.co/HMbLkup5Av

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:

Someone's An Idiot @SomeonesAnIdiot

Johnny Manziel was supposed to make the NFL great again...oops (via @NFL_Stats) https://t.co/sOmbKlsk7Z

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:

Howie Lindsey @howielindsey

2014: @Browns $100K study says draft Bridgewater. They draft Manziel 2016: Bridgewater's 1st Pro Bowl, Manziel cut https://t.co/63iKAZVk9m

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:

Michelle Beadle @MichelleDBeadle

Happy to have the day off. Don't want to talk about Manziel. Ever. Again. (But who are we kidding?) For now... https://t.co/QnncIZzehf

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:

NFL Network @nflnetwork

"He refuses to respect our game. Get him out of here! He is not worth it." @HeathEvans44 GOES OFF on Johnny Manziel https://t.co/8LPi4KTIXD

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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