The Browns are done with Johnny Manziel. Will the team’s looming parting of the ways with the 2014 first-round pick finally wake him up?
More than 25 years ago, the Eagles parted ways with receiver Cris Carter, who had been unable to overcome challenges with substance abuse. The gesture turned his life and career around, with the Vikings claiming his contract on waivers and Carter blossoming into a Hall of Famer.
With Manziel, there’s a much different vibe. In recent months, it has seemed at times as if he wants the Browns to get rid of him, so that he presumably can join the Cowboys. And if the Cowboys use their hard-earned spot at the top of the waiver-wire pecking order to get Manziel, he may not be the slightest bit chagrined about the outcome. Indeed, he may be happy to go to a team that possibly would welcome his word hard/play harder lifestyle.
Manziel possibly will have to go unclaimed on waivers and then unwanted as a free agent to take the steps needed to fulfill his football potential. And that’s the outcome that could help him the most over the long haul, because it’s becoming more and more clear that he doesn’t love football enough to make it the priority it needs to be, if he’s going to be as successful as he can be over the long haul.