For a guy who became known in college for finding the spotlight and staying in it, Johnny Manziel is laying low this week.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Manziel is staying in San Diego to prepare for the Scouting Combine, rather than coming to New York to make the loop of promotional appearances.
Manziel’s been working out with quarterback tutor George Whitfield, who helped polish Cam Newton into the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt said the Texas A&M quarterback turned down “several lucrative marketing offers,” adding that “His focus remains 100% on football.”
If he’s taken first in the draft, there will be plenty of opportunities to market himself later. And by staying off the radar this week, he’s attempting to prove to teams his off-field action isn’t going to distract him.