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Johnny Manziel calls it a “no-brainer” to team with LeBron James

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Johnny Manziel made it clear that he’s going to go right on being Johnny Football, and doesn’t care what people think.

So it should come as no surprise that the Browns rookie quarterback has sidled up to the last guy who was going to save Cleveland, only to leave for South Beach.

Manziel has become friends with LeBron James, and signed with LRMR Management, the marketing firm run by the Miami Heat superstar and partner Maverick Carter.

“When you look at who the best player in the NBA right now is, you look at LeBron,” Manziel said , via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “And somebody who’s at the top of his game and does so much marketing wise, so many good things, I felt like if I got the offer extended to me it was really a no-brainer.”

The two have already appeared together in a McDonald’s commerical, and James was spotted in a Manziel jersey shortly after his de facto hometown team (James is from nearby Akron) chose Manziel 22nd overall.

While ditching the Cavaliers for free agency made him a pariah in Cleveland, James is still a worldwide brand, something Manziel is rapidly approaching before he takes his first pro snap.

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17 Responses to “Johnny Manziel calls it a “no-brainer” to team with LeBron James”
  1. thepftpoet says: May 29, 2014 10:56 AM

    Johnny Manziel has the media appeal.

    Teddy Bridgewater has the poise, accuracy and quarterback skills.

    The Browns will forever regret listening to a homeless man and passing and the next great QB in Bridgewater.

  2. jtbaudendistel says: May 29, 2014 10:59 AM

    And so would all of you if anyone gave a shoot about you. No brainer

  3. andreweac says: May 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    I didn’t think it was possible to be a bigger busy than Tebow. Johnny Douche quite possibly might achieve this renowned distinction.

  4. miamifishfan says: May 29, 2014 11:08 AM

    LOL at a football player rapidly approaching being a “worldwide brand”. Wrong football my friend!

  5. spasticpickle says: May 29, 2014 11:08 AM

    Luckily for JFF it’s a no brainer, he doesn’t have any other choice

  6. sidepull says: May 29, 2014 11:08 AM

    Going to be more of a diva than RG3

  7. balsagna says: May 29, 2014 11:13 AM

    From a business standpoint, it is a no brainer. He is allying himself with one of the most powerful and prevalent global icons. I only hope that he can perform on the field because none of this will matter if not.

  8. adevine74 says: May 29, 2014 11:13 AM

    Keep hating all you idiots he’s the real deal and bridge water will suck

  9. scrp2 says: May 29, 2014 11:23 AM

    I don’t know if the Cleveland O-Line is going put any effort into the pass protection.

  10. CKL says: May 29, 2014 12:20 PM

    As a born and bred northeast Ohioan, I’d like to protest the national perception that people here hate LeBron for leaving Cleveland. The real story is they hate the WAY he left. I think most of us by now are realistic enough about sports that we don’t expect loyalty either way from teams or sports figures.

    That said, I was amused listening to Brady Quinn suggesting that Manziel tone it down with showboat stuff because Cleveland is a blue collar town. Umm, Brady? Didn’t you hold out your rookie year and then while holding out, do events where you charged for your autograph? Yeah I thought so. Not like he said he learned from that either, he just jumped on Manziel.

  11. ravenswhat says: May 29, 2014 12:24 PM

    I truly wonder how much influence his marketing team from CLE had to do with CLE trading to get him. Worldwide Wes line 1.

  12. 4ever19 says: May 29, 2014 12:44 PM

    Why are we so concerned about what a third-string QB says and does? Should I be waiting breathlessly for updates on Chandler Harnisch?

  13. corduroy88 says: May 29, 2014 12:49 PM

    No NFL player is or will ever be a “worldwide brand”.

  14. peerjp says: May 29, 2014 2:08 PM

    I hope Suh gets a chance to pile-drive this guy in week one of the preseason, so we don’t have to hear anymore about him until next year…

  15. qdog112 says: May 29, 2014 2:25 PM

    BREAKING: Johnny has by-passed football stardom to launch his own sports TV network to rival the 4 letter network ( a promotional subsidiary) that gave him such a prominent spot among sports achievers.

    Johnny will now get residual income, any time his name, his image, the Cleveland Browns, the word “football” or any reference to “MONEY”, is used in any form of media.

    In other news, the erection of the life size statue of Manziel, is on schedule for it’s unveiling at the first home game. Construction had been held up, as the head was too large to be supported by the tiny statue body.

  16. jetrainer says: May 29, 2014 10:08 PM

    Johnny Football is winner. I not only watched him at Texas A & M, but saw him with Jon Gruden before the draft. When you listen to him talk football, over an extended period of time, you come away with the same feeling Gruden has – winner. He was effusive about him during the draft. Gruden gets quarterbacks, two years ago, he excited about Russell Wilson, when no one had him high on their radar. Super Bowl Winner, year two of his career. When Gruden asked Johnny if he could take the punishment that comes with his style of play, he looked at Gruden and said “I’ve never missed a game (and how about this) or a practice in his football career. While he isn’t tall, he has a size a size 13 shoe and extremely large hands. He will be a starter this year, and based on what his past teammates say about him in the huddle, when he tells the offense what they’re going to do, they believe him. Cleveland has someone they haven’t had in a very long time – a leader. A credible and passionate leader can make less talented teammates fire breathers based on talent, will to win andbpasdion. Anyone who makes it into a starting line up, can be exceptional on any given Sunday. He will prove the critics wrong and they will look stupid in retrospect…

  17. psauer4 says: May 30, 2014 10:05 AM

    CKL says: May 29, 2014 12:20 PM

    As a born and bred northeast Ohioan, I’d like to protest the national perception that people here hate LeBron for leaving Cleveland. The real story is they hate the WAY he left. I think most of us by now are realistic enough about sports that we don’t expect loyalty either way from teams or sports figures.

    ……I couldn’t agree more- It’s the WAY he left

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