Manziel: We all hoped we were building a champion in Cleveland

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The Browns finally cut the cord on quarterback Johnny Manziel Friday with a short release noting his stats from two seasons with the team and ignoring all the ancillary reasons why he’s being released two years after being drafted in the first round.

We had heard plenty from the Browns about those reasons since the end of the regular season, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard much from Manziel. He did issue a statement via his publicist after his release, however.

I’d like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me — nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland,” Manziel said in the statement. “I will always remember the support I received from the organization, my teammates and especially the fans.”

Needless to say, the Browns didn’t build a championship team or even the framework for one over the last two seasons. Manziel is eligible to be claimed off of waivers, although it seems unlikely that anyone will be snapping Manziel up until his domestic violence case in Texas is resolved at the very least.

138 responses to “Manziel: We all hoped we were building a champion in Cleveland

  1. A severe WASTE of money, time, talent and effort on the part of Cleveland and Johnny.

    You must be proud, Johnny Foolsball.

  2. Champions aren’t built on hope Johnny, it takes something you know nothing about. Hard work.

  3. You thought that you contributed to trying to build a championship team are u kidding. Delusional. ..

  4. Yeah… Because we know NFL teams would never grab a player with a questionable reputation…

  5. Now go work for daddy’s oil company, and call yourself John it sounds more professional

  6. Give me a break dude. You would rather get drunk and party than commit and work hard for a business that gave you millions of dollars. I can respect a draft bust that worked hard and just wasn’t talented enough to make it. But, I can never respect a grown man that fails because he’s too immature.

  7. The Browns just hired a baseball guy to run their football operations, so I can’t blame Manziel for anything that happened in Cleveland. The owner has no chance to put a competitive product on the field. He just doesn’t understand this business at all. Manziel may or may not become a pro football player, but I doubt that anyone could survive the circus in Cleveland. It’s sad.

  8. “I’d like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me — nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland.”

    Oh that’s rich…..a championship in Cleveland…..I see the Cubs winning the World Series in back to back years before a championship in Cleveland is won…..

    Hey Johnny don’t forget to take the homeless guy with you to your next flop…….

  9. Johnny NOMO Football! Maybe he and RGME can go back to Texas and make Rap video’s together and hawk autographs at state fairs…

  10. Can’t build something when guys like you don’t even care about laying the foundation. This kid clearly doesn’t have a clue.

  11. Wow, what a wasted opportunity. I wish someone with more character and a work ethic would have had that opportunity. Sad and pathetic.

  12. yes, all NFL teams want to build towards a ring and Lombardi trophy….. except they pee’d into the wind and drafted your drunk and gf-beating backside and decided to cut the cord. Move on…. you’re joining the ranks of the likes of Todd Marinovich.

  13. Imagine what he would have had before the rookie salary rules. He is a one player argument for that system.

  14. I remember that time he got drafted and made money signs as he walked across the stage. In hindsight, it’s possible that was a red flag.

  15. omg, give me what he is having…

    8 of the last 9 years, 10 or more losses, the one year they didn’t lose 10 or more, they lose 9…i missed the parade down east 9th street…

    omg, from qb to stand up comedian….building a champion….lol lol lol lol

  16. Lol… what else can you say?

    I was really rooting for Johnny because of how fun he was to watch in college. But it’s clear he doesn’t have what it takes in between the ears.

  17. firstdownbrowns, that’s right, give the guy a badge of honor when he deserves a scarlet letter. Not only did he rob the Browns of millions, but at the same time he made them and himself look completely foolish. Disgusting. Giving him credit for doing “very little” during his time in Cleveland suggests you need help, too. You have a union mentality.

  18.  nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland,” Manziel said in the statement.

    Um, Johnny? Nearly two years ago the Browns were hoping that you would stay true to your word that you had matured and would work hard to be worthy of being a first round investment. You gave them ‘money signs ‘ and a lot of headaches. Go get yourself some help before you deep six it for good.

  19. There was a time when saying things like “building a championship team in Cleveland” was believable but now, it just makes me shoot beer out of my nose.

  20. “We”? He was never part of the team there. He was busy being all about himself. Never even tried to learn what it takes to be a leader, or even a good teammate.

  21. I never thought anyone would surpass Ryan Leaf as the greatest bust ever. Oh well…never say never.

  22. Not that they’re anywhere close, but today the Browns got a lot closer to building a champion.
    On one level, I hope for his sake Johnny Football turns his life around.
    But in terms of the NFL, I hope nobody else signs this entitle little punk. He doesn’t deserve one more dollar from an owner…

  23. What was supposed to be “let’s break this league together” turned into “let’s break this team together.”

  24. Yes, Johnny Footnote, we’ve all seen your concept of “building a champion,” but most fans would rather win football games than quarters contests.

    Better start working your way to the bottom shelf booze now so it won’t be as rapid and epic a crash as your NFL career.

  25. Well, he sure did his part. God bless this kid, he did everything he could for Cleveland. HOF shoe in.

  26. How good were the Browns before Manziel got there? Did he single handedly destroy a dynasty? By the way, Manziel didn’t just drive across the country one day and decide to anchor down in Cleveland. Someone from Cleveland paid millions of dollars for him to come to town. As crazy as you think Manziel is, the Browns are even crazier.

  27. What Johnny said – ” we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland,”

    What Johnny left out, “Unfortunately, too many people there are more concerned with off-field issues than on-field competitiveness.”

  28. He was hoping to be part of a champion while he was out getting high, drunk and stoopid. This guy has thoroughly ruined his reputation as a player AND a human being. If someone wants to right a book about going from college hero to NFL zero in a short amount of time, he’d be a good example. At least Jamarcus Russell actually played. Johnny couldn’t seem to realize the NFL is a JOB and not an all-day, everyday party.

  29. Man did this guy play the Browns. Got himself drafted in the 1st rd then did everything he could do to get released from the factory of sadness. Brilliant.

  30. Hey, pooflingingmonkey, where the heck were you the past two years when Cleveland badly needed your services??

    Seriously, you’re spot on how this moron still doesn’t get it and possibly won’t ever when he can’t muster up even a shred of contrition or embarrassment.

    Anyone who believes stealing millions by not being man enough to simply work hard and honor his signed contract is absolutely pathetic.

  31. Meanwhile, I hoped I could put in none of the work necessary and ride the coattails of others on the team.

  32. Prime example of what happens to a kid who grows up wanting for nothing and being enabled and protected by people who should be kicking his ass instead of coddling him.

  33. And that’s when poor little Johnny Manziel was reduced to a guy who is set for life because his father is rich.

  34. laces out says:
    Mar 11, 2016 3:02 PM
    I guarantee he doesn’t mean a single word of that statement and it’s all PR

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    Cause every other guy whose been released from their team gave a sincere statement.

  35. He bought top shelf booze and when others fell behind stepped in and drank it. The fact others couldn’t follow his lead or passed out early is regrettable.

  36. pooflingingmonkey says:
    Mar 11, 2016 3:22 PM

    And not one word of contrition. He doesn’t get it.
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    Contrition? For what?

    The Browns knew what they were getting, and they got what they deserved.

  37. He’s said “sorry” in previous occasions, has been to rehab and announced he’s “now serious,” then screwed up three times more, including after being handed the starting job…that it took less than a week to lose. That money phone will never ring.

  38. charliecharger says:
    Mar 11, 2016 3:15 PM
    The Browns just hired a baseball guy to run their football operations, so I can’t blame Manziel for anything that happened in Cleveland. The owner has no chance to put a competitive product on the field. He just doesn’t understand this business at all. Manziel may or may not become a pro football player, but I doubt that anyone could survive the circus in Cleveland. It’s sad.
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    @charliecharger its ignorant to blame the Browns for Manziel’s off the field issues. He is out of control. No matter how bad the Browns are, he dug his own grave. Had he actually been able to stay on the field, he could have played out his rookie contract and gotten a nice deal somewhere else.

  39. Clueless, so-called experts everywhere are still wondering what went wrong, while everyone else is wondering why they still get paid make such asinine evaluations.

    This guy’s game never translated to the NFL and worst, he told us all he was NOT going to change. He got chance after chance after chance.

    There are still those who wanna give him another shot. His list of transgressions, would have most people breaking big rocks into little rocks. He gives the world the middle finger and we give him excuses.

  40. Wow…what QB wouldn’t want to be drafted in a place that has been STARVING for a good QB for decades? He gets drafted and all he does is tank…like every QB that ever goes to Cleveland. If I’m a half decent QB, I’d want to play in a city starving for QB’s because I know I’d get plenty of playing opportunities. What a shame.

  41. Get’s fired from his job for being a drunken idiot and still thinks anyone wants to hear him talk.

    Some day maybe he’ll wake up and realize just how stupid he was (is).

    It’s looking up Cleveland fans, getting rid of this knucklehead is the first step in your recovery.

  42. Let me throw this out there.

    Imagine if the Cowboys sign him.

    Then, imagine a game or two where Romo struggles.

    My goodness.. the press will go nuts! QB controversy. The headlines will write themselves…

    And Jerry will be smiling through it all. “Any press is good press.”

  43. NFL Network’s draft coverage is clueless. They spent more time talking about Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam, and Manti Te’o, than all the other players combined over the last few years. They obviously have no idea about what they’re supposed to be covering. I’ll be watching ESPN.

  44. At some point there is no level of PR stick handling that can help you. This is that point.

    Manziel’s best move is to say nothing. In the meantime, I am enjoying the fact that he thought it was acceptable to say “we all hoped we were building a champion!” F’n clueless. I love it!

  45. With the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select quarterback……

    Two years pass…

    The Cleveland Browns release quarterback……

  46. Seriously u Johnny bashers are hilarious. U do realize he threw for 372 yards v Pitt with garbage WRs right? Won a game vs the Titans where he threw 2 TDs and clinched the game with a long TD to Benjamin, who also is no longer with the Browns, then got put right back on the bench for Josh McCown who was 1-7 as the starting QB.

    And on his 1st Day of training Camp with the Clowns, his HC and owner and GM told him to act like a backup.

    The Browns were 86 games under .500 beforr Johnny. The Clowns are the idiots not Johnny. U would get hammered too if u sat on the bench, were drafted in the 1st round behind 2 awful QBs.

    Johnny can flat out play and anyone that signs him is going to get one hell of a player.

    The Browns meanwhile are a joke and will suck forever.

  47. Manziel is a loser & headcase, but his family has the resources to protect him – both from criminal prosecution and in terms of issuing the proper PR at the right time.

    Hue Jackson is another headcase but I’m sure that when the Browns wind up firing him in a few years, he’ll make even more of a fool of himself because no one will be there to school him on PR.

  48. Het Johnny, you were drunk for most of your time in Cleveland, how would you know what they were trying to build!

  49. What a bunch of hogwash from Manziel. The only thing he ever cared about was himself and getting high.

    He is a little punk and I hope he never plays in the NFL again.

  50. firstdownbrowns says:
    Mar 11, 2016 3:06 PM

    I give the guy credit. he will walk away with close to 4 mil in cash. 2 yrs of the Browns,very little football. good work if u can get it.

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    His family is wealthy, so the money doesn’t matter enough to motivate him. Spoiled, rich kid that would rather party than put in the work.

  51. Like the country boy said the first time he saw a topless showgirl in Las Vegas … “What a bust!”

  52. Hey people be nice. The Browns passing offense last season was ranked 12th with a guy who was drunk off his butt during 80% of the snapps he got. That is pretty impressive. Imagine what it’ll look like with a sober QB.

  53. After he is done blowing his own money, his parents will kick in and finance his lifestyle. Not to mention he will inherit it. The parents need to do their part like other millionaires parents are doing by telling their kids they will not inherit the bulk of their estate.

  54. Even if it’s not sincere, its the best thing he’s done in forever. Things are already bad between him and the Browns and any added negativity isn’t going to help. Good parting (non) shot. The dude who lost in Carolina could learn from this approach.

  55. The funny thing is so many people simply expect the guy to care about football more than anything else.
    He doesn’t. He’s a 22-year-old rich kid who just wants to have a good time, not have any responsibilities.
    Football just isn’t his No. 1 priority.
    Granted, most of us would give up our left nut, live like a monk, work out like a fiend and study like a Harvard med student just to get a sniff of the NFL.
    Manziel isn’t wired that way. Why do we care so much?

  56. Another chapter in sadness
    Couch instead of Mcnabb
    Spergon Wynn instead of Brady
    Luke McCown and Kellen Winslow instead of Big Ben
    Brady Quinn next year Matt Ryan comes out
    Colt Mcoy next year Kaep and Dalton come out
    TRich and Weedon instead of Tannehill
    Johnny out of Football instead of Carr or TBridgewater.

  57. I’ll bet my left nut, Pics or video will surface tomorrow through TMZ or some other patron of Johnny partying with a bottle of champagne, in celebration of his release. Will see how much he parties when the regular season begins, and he’s either in jail or still unemployed. Way to Pi$$$ it all away kid.

  58. A winner that turned out to be a loser going to a team of losers that at times we expect to be winners.
    Sometimes both disappoint.
    So in a twisted way, this was a perfect match.

  59. rainsarge says:
    Mar 11, 2016 9:24 PM

    Another chapter in sadness
    Couch instead of Mcnabb
    Spergon Wynn instead of Brady
    Luke McCown and Kellen Winslow instead of Big Ben
    Brady Quinn next year Matt Ryan comes out
    Colt Mcoy next year Kaep and Dalton come out
    TRich and Weedon instead of Tannehill
    Johnny out of Football instead of Carr or TBridgewater.

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    I am not so sure any of the successful players you listed would have been successful in Cleveland had the pics gone the other way. Even Brady and Ben. They just ruin players. They need to pick a great coach, give him all the power and at least 5 years of commitment to his plan and let him turn the thing around. There’s zero vision.

  60. Manziel “hoped” they were building a championship team in Cleveland. Great. I hope I win the lottery, too, but it’s probably not gonna happen. You don’t win championships by “hoping”–you win them by living and acting and playing the game in a certain way that creates success. You win them by drafting and signing players that have the physical/mental/ethical tools to be successful. You win them by being smarter and more efficient than the other teams. You win them by outworking others (not by partying, drinking, and beating up women). Manziel is one sick puppy. I hope he is able to find the help he so desperately needs, because so far he really, really doesn’t get it.

  61. Well, we COULD have had a championship in this city, but too many people aren’t worth a damn in this city and can’t let a grown man live his life, while Roethlisberger sits in Pittsburgh with 2 sexual assault cases, we cut a promising, mobile QB after 2 years for drinking legal alcohol and a POSSIBLE misdemeanor domestic violence case… 2 more years wasted, because people that are NOT NFL Quarterbacks and have never been can suddenly have opinions on what NFL Quarterbacks do in their own spare time…

  62. To paraphrase Mark Cuban –

    When is a thank you not a thank you? When the person doing the thanking doesn’t write it.

    Maybe one day he’ll grow something more than a pube beard and grow TFU.

    Don’t hold your breath.

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