It’s not draft time without some wildly conflicting reports about a team’s intentions.
On Monday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would not fall past the Browns with the fourth pick in the draft. Tuesday brought the exact opposite report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports when he was asked about the Browns taking Manziel during an appearance on FOX Sports Radio. Glazer also shot down the notion that owner Jimmy Haslam is pushing to add Manziel to the roster.
“Let me just stop you right there, ok? ESPN has reported all night that the Cleveland Browns are taking Johnny Manziel, and I am here to tell you they are not,” Glazer said. “NFL Network — I know they had come out and said well Jimmy Haslam has told everybody in the room that he wants it to happen — that is not happening. In fact, it’s the other way. Jimmy Haslam has walked into the Brown’s draft room and said, ‘Hey guys, this is not what I do for a living, it’s what you do for a living. Whatever you do, I trust.’ There has not been some edict I guess. I have no idea where that came from, but that’s not happening.”
On Twitter, Glazer wrote that the Browns will not be taking Manziel with the fourth pick. They also have the 26th pick, of course, so there’s a chance that things could work out for a second chance at the Heisman Trophy winner.