Johnny Manziel officially released by the Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel has officially been released by the Cleveland Browns in an eight word sentence.

By Hayden Grove & Fred Greetham

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland has officially come to a close as of 11:34 am on Friday March 11. 

Though the Browns have not been shy about their intentions to release Manziel this offseason, the team announced it has done so today in a press release, only using eight words to do so.

"The Cleveland Browns have waived QB Johnny Manziel."

 

Manziel appeared in 14 games with eight starts after being selected by the Browns in first round of the 2014 draft. He completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 259 rushing yards and one score. Last season, Manziel started six games and threw for 1,500 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding 230 rushing yards.

It wasn't surprising the Browns released Manziel, but that they waited for two days before doing so.

 Manziel is currently under investigation by the NFL and has been charged with domestic violence by the Dallas Police Department, following an incident between the quarterback and ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, in which the quarterback apparently hit her and ruptured her eardrum. 

The "Johnny Football" era in Cleveland began on the night of May, 2014 when the Browns selected him with the 21st overall pick. 

Since that point, it's been a roller coaster ride for the former Heisman Trophy winner and the Browns-- one in which Manziel has been the subject of both on and off the field criticism. 

On the field, Manziel started in two games for the Browns as a rookie, completing just 13 of his 26 pass attempts in those two starts for 112 yards

Manziel started in six more games for the Cleveland in his second year and played in nine total contests, throwing for 1,500 yards while completing 129 of his 223 pass attempts. 

As a whole, Manziel completed 147 of his 258 passes for the Browns, finishing with 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a QB rating of 74.4. 

While his on-field stats weren't all that miserable, Manziel's off-field woes were what forced the Browns to wipe their hands clean of the quarterback. 

From constant partying to rehab to domestic issues with his girlfriend, Manziel was constantly in the spotlight for Cleveland and was so for mostly negative reasons. 

Though Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the relationship between the team and Manziel was "repairable" earlier this offseason, the incidents between he and Crowley, along with the infamous "Billy Manziel" story seemed to be the final straw. 

The Browns will always be linked to Manziel, but will have to deal with him no longer. 

Fred Greetham also contributed to this report. 

For all of your Browns news and updates from Berea, follow Hayden Grove on Twitter: @H_Grove or @FredGreetham

 


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