BEREA— What does Sashi Brown think of Johnny Manziel?
Since Brown has final say on the Browns roster, would he keep a player that the Hue Jackson didn’t want on the team. Jackson has not sounded optimistic about Johnny Manziel when talking about the Browns while making the national media circuits.
“(Jackson) will have major input on all personnel decisions, in fairness to him,” Brown said. “If he felt strongly about that then we would be ... I've talked to you about this, he's looking forward to sitting down and meeting Johnny. We will have organizationally standards and expectations for our players on and off the field. If they meet them, they meet them, if they don't there will be consequences there. We will sit down and have that discussions when Hue and with Johnny when he returns.”
Brown said that Manziel was fined for being late for his concussion treatment, but still doesn’t know where Manziel was for the final game.
“I don't know where Johnny was the final game of the season,” he said. “I do know he was late for his treatment and received a fine for that, the missed treatment for his concussion protocol. Listen, what I’d say about him is he's one of the several guys on our roster, I know a lot's been written about him.
“What we expect is Johnny to have a good offseason and come back and be ready to go,” he said. “We're not in any panic to make any decision one way or another on him. He understands what's ahead of him and what he needs to do to have a career in this league and with the Browns.”
Brown said Manziel has been cleared from the concussion.
“Yes, he came back and was involved in his rehab protocol and was ultimately cleared and is now off to his offseason.”
Brown was asked why he didn’t know where Manziel was with what has been portrayed of him being in Las Vegas.
“For us I think it's a fair question,” he said. “What we're focused on is he missed his rehab time that morning. Our focus has been on moving this organization forward and a piece of that will be Johnny, but that won't be all of it. Immediately after the season we got into a mode where we were focused on the head coach. We will sit down and have discussions with Johnny at the appropriate time. I think it's a fair question and one that we will get to.”
Mack, Bowe Decisions: One of the decisions that could cost the Browns in the next couple of months is the decision to make OL Alex Mack a transition player two years ago. Mack has the option of opting out of the final three years of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Brown was asked if he was involved in that process and if he was powerless in the decision.
“No, not powerless,” he said. “First of all, I would say it would be unfair for me to go back and try and pick a part decisions after the fact. Not going to do that. Not powerless,but part of the process in both of those decisions. I would tell you that most of those decisions were made fairly collaboratively. Ultimately, at the end of the day they were Ray (Farmer’s) decisions on what to do with my advice.”
Brown was asked if he agreed with the move to tag Mack and to sign WR Dwayne Bowe to a $9 million guaranteed contract.
“On Mack, we all were on board in terms of using the transition tag,” Brown said. “We tried furiously to try to get a deal with (Mack) and (still) have a good relationship with the player and agents. With Bowe, at the end of the day, it was Ray’s decision and we get aboard and support.”
What about guaranteeing Bowe the big contract.
“I’m not going to go back and try to parse all those decisions and pick them a part,” he said. “Ultimately, at the end of the day, I provided my advice and we ended up with a deal with Dwayne that we would say, and I think that Dwayne would say (was) disappointed in the outcome. No question.”
Thomas on Board?: Brown said he has already met with OL Joe Thomas about the organization’s plans moving forward.
“I’ve already met with Joe,” Brown said. “Joe and I have had several conversations. He’s a great asset to our organization. Joe is like us, he’s very competitive. His questions to us largely focused on how we’re going to win.”
Brown is hopeful that Thomas will buy into what the Browns are doing.
“He’s a guy that is a big piece of what we do moving forward.”
Will Gordon Return?: Brown was asked if WR Josh Gordon was re-instated by the NFL, would he welcome him back?
“We would sit down with Josh and see where he is,” Brown said. “Under league rules we're not allowed to have much contact with him. We have heard through he's agent that he's doing well, excited to be back. Hue and I, along with Paul and others would sit down with Josh to see where he is and what his plans are. Without having seen him for a year, it would be hard for us to say. Could Josh come back to this roster? Yes. Is that necessarily going to happen? Obviously he's got to clear the hurdles with the NFL to see if we can get to that point.