Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appeared in court Thursday in Dallas and took a step toward the dismissal of the family violence charge against him.
According to James Rose of Fox 4 News, Manziel and his team have until Dec. 1 to work out terms of a dismissal:
The charge stems from an incident involving Manziel and his ex-girlfriend in January in which Colleen Crowley alleged the former Heisman Trophy winner struck her at a Dallas hotel.
Per Naheed Rajwani of the Dallas Morning News, an agreement for dismissal was reached in principle, but it can't become official until the next hearing.
According to Fox4News.com, the agreement also includes dismissing a DWI charge. As part of the agreement, Manziel will be charged with a felony if he is charged with family violence in the future, and he won't be permitted to own or transport firearms.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Crowley and Manziel settled their civil lawsuit months ago. Manziel was given a two-year protective order, and no money was involved.
The Browns selected the 23-year-old in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, but after two seasons of on- and off-field struggles, they officially released him in March.
Numerous negative reports have surfaced since, including one from TMZ in May that featured multiple sources close to Manziel detailing his alleged drug issues and fearing for his life.
NFL teams have steered clear of Manziel since his release from Cleveland. He is free to sign anywhere, as his four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy concluded in October, but there has been no indication of interest in his services.
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