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Manziel clears waivers, becomes a free agent

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Johnny Manziel was not claimed on waivers and is officially a free agent.

The Browns waived Manziel Friday, announcing the move in a short press release and offering no further comment. Players are generally subject to waivers for 24 hours and become free agents if they go unclaimed.

The Browns releasing Manziel had been a certainty since the team released a statement in February and then refused to comment on him. His release becoming official had to wait for the start of the new league year because the Browns had rolled over their remaining 2015 salary cap money into 2016.

Manziel had a little more than $2.1 million guaranteed left on his rookie contract with the Browns.

Manziel clearing waivers is no surprise, and not just because domestic violence charges against him in Texas are pending. It’s hard to imagine any team would have considered trading for him before the Browns officially cut ties Friday.

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91 Responses to “Manziel clears waivers, becomes a free agent”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 12, 2016 4:48 PM

    Now the Vikings can pick him up to teach Teddy how to throw a football!

    Score!

    >

  2. iamthorny says: Mar 12, 2016 4:49 PM

    The prison leagues wouldn’t even put a claim in.

    He’s no Paul Crewe.

  3. staffordsyear says: Mar 12, 2016 4:54 PM

    I’m guessing hes not to upset about this. Hes got plenty of money now to go party it all away..or seek help. My moneys on the former.

  4. eddiea25 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:54 PM

    Take a hard look in the mirror Johnny.

  5. drunkraider says: Mar 12, 2016 4:57 PM

    must be nice to be able to flush your million dollar job down the toilet because your family is rich.

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    Go get him Jerry.

  7. ravensfan56 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    He belongs in the CFL. If he grows up, the NFL is always an option.

  8. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 12, 2016 5:01 PM

    staffordsyear says:
    Mar 12, 2016 4:54 PM

    I’m guessing hes not to upset about this. Hes got plenty of money now to go party it all away..or seek help. My moneys on the former.

    You’re probably right about that. He probably had a drink when he found out nobody claimed him because he probably thinks the Cowboys will sign him. He’s probably right.

  9. ezmoover says: Mar 12, 2016 5:01 PM

    “Free agent”

    LOL

    Manziel doesn’t even have an agent. Even that dude bailed on him.

    If you want to talk to Johnny about a deal, then contact your local inflatable rubber swan outlet.

  10. dudeicle says: Mar 12, 2016 5:02 PM

    What? The Patriots aren’t going to try to rehabilitate him?

  11. nouhoh64 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:02 PM

    He cleared?… Are you sure? We talkin bout Johnny ya know.

  12. upperdecker19 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:03 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker put in waiver claims?

  13. dal1as says: Mar 12, 2016 5:03 PM

    If the Broncos sign him I will cry

  14. skolbro28 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:07 PM

    Tokyo, you are obsessed with the Vikings.
    Go get off with your Clay Mathews Fathead and call it a day

  15. deltaoracle says: Mar 12, 2016 5:11 PM

    Someone’s working on a “reality show” involving him and Tim Tebow right now.

  16. barrymichaels61 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:13 PM

    Hope he signs with the Dolphins, coach Gase and Tannehill could really work with him and South Beach would be a natural fit.
    Everyone deserves a 2nd chance.

  17. conspiracybrotherjones says: Mar 12, 2016 5:15 PM

    Nobody wants him??? But he has big hands

  18. manderson4150 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:26 PM

    God speed son you are going to need it….

  19. annes22 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:29 PM

    Nobody with any sense wants him. He needs rehab, that’s the only place for him right now.

  20. slvrkng says: Mar 12, 2016 5:30 PM

    Anyone interested in his services should contact the Police Department, they know how to reach Johnny…

  21. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:33 PM

    Wonder if Stephen had to sit on Jerrah in order for this to happen

  22. tedmurph says: Mar 12, 2016 5:35 PM

    They should do a Hard Knocks just about Manziel. Who needs a team?

  23. huh6016 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:39 PM

    Well, theres some shocking news…..

  24. whodey83 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:40 PM

    Jerrah, put the phone down!

  25. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Mar 12, 2016 5:40 PM

    There is definitely a pattern developing over the last few years. College QB presented by the media as the next big thing, Tebow, RGIII, and then Manziel. Be it because of injury (RGIII), lack of skill (Tebow) or just lack of commitment (Manziel), all have been abject failures. Could it be that these young men listened to the hype and then found out they couldn’t reach the fame accorded to them by the media? Maybe the media should stop building up players until they have made there mark in the NFL.

  26. abninf says: Mar 12, 2016 5:41 PM

    dudeicle says:

    What? The Patriots aren’t going to try to rehabilitate him?
    =====================================

    If they signed him everyone would call Belichick a genius and say it was a low risk move.

  27. tedmurph says: Mar 12, 2016 5:48 PM

    What? The Patriots aren’t going to try to rehabilitate him?
    ====================================

    If they signed him everyone would call Belichick a genius and say it was a low risk move.

    —————————————————-
    Yes, because it would be.

  28. tformation says: Mar 12, 2016 5:50 PM

    It’s not that no one wants him. No team wants him at his current salary. Now that he’s a free agent, he can sign with any club and negotiate a new contract with any of the remaining 31 teams.

    Which leads me to believe he’ll be in some team’s training camp this summer. If he plays for the league minimum, I’d even want my team, the Bears, to pick him up and kick his tires.

    For the league minimum, you wouldn’t be risking much. Manziel decides to be a party boy? Video footage of him beating his girlfriend’s ears comes out? OK, cut him. You didn’t lose much.

  29. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 12, 2016 5:56 PM

    Kokomo Kings on line one, Dewey, I mean Mr. Manziel.

  30. trainwrecksryan says: Mar 12, 2016 5:57 PM

    “When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.” – Maya Angelou

  31. gbfanforever says: Mar 12, 2016 6:01 PM

    Boy oh boy. The Browns have been bad but to have two of the biggest first round busts ever in the same draft really sets the bar.

  32. nords2016 says: Mar 12, 2016 6:05 PM

    Im pretty sure its the first time Maya Angelou on this site. I believe she also said: “he who makes his name spectacularly scrambling out of broken plays in college canot translate into a pro.”

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 12, 2016 6:10 PM

    Johnny clears waivers, becomes a free spirit.

  34. squared80 says: Mar 12, 2016 6:10 PM

    Any team that wants a bump in profit will sign him. Kind of like teams signing Michael Sam or Tim Tebow. They’re not there to play football… they’re there to generate interest from casual fans. Only lowly, pathetic teams with weak fan-bases would appreciate signings like these.

  35. barrymichaels61 says: Mar 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    He’s a good guy, just young and made a couple mistakes.
    Great athlete for sure, c’mon Jerrah Tony is finished.

  36. dolphins62 says: Mar 12, 2016 6:15 PM

    Mad Magazine Has made him a offer to stand in for Alfred E Newman.

  37. vancouversportsbro says: Mar 12, 2016 6:22 PM

    Johnnycleveland was fun while it lasted

  38. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2016 6:28 PM

    I have a slot on my flag-football team.

  39. bakeberryjam says: Mar 12, 2016 6:34 PM

    Would love to see him in a free agent interviews.

    “Well Johnny, We’re prepared to give you the league minimum, no guarantees.”

    ::money gesture::

  40. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 12, 2016 6:42 PM

    I wonder if the Browns made all of his contract money back in Manziel jersey and memorabilia sales?

  41. patsfan says: Mar 12, 2016 6:43 PM

    Good. Now let’s not hear anything more about him unless and until he becomes a football player.

  42. senatorblutarsky says: Mar 12, 2016 6:44 PM

    ravensfan56 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    He belongs in the CFL. If he grows up, the NFL is always an option.
    __________________

    He belongs in Rehab with full support from his family and friends.

  43. Philly Eagles In 20xx? says: Mar 12, 2016 6:49 PM

    All jokes aside.

    I find this as a sad sad ending to this young man.

  44. mountaindont says: Mar 12, 2016 7:15 PM

    Want you team to be on “Hard Knocks” ? Sign Manziel

  45. omeimontis says: Mar 12, 2016 7:19 PM

    Sadly, a promising career may have been cut short. RGIII is not yet signed either. Teams that need a quarterback can shop around.

  46. vikinganswer says: Mar 12, 2016 7:36 PM

    Permanently

  47. wiscobear says: Mar 12, 2016 7:47 PM

    I’m no scout but if any team gives him a look before Tebow then it has to mean proper throwing mechanics are valued far above leadership and character.

  48. ppc50 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:55 PM

    Dallas should sign up for the league min and sit him out for the year, if necessary. At least, when it calms down, interview him and see where he is at. His family has some money, but not ultra rich and I highly doubt he has a trust fund he can access at this point

  49. azjam says: Mar 12, 2016 7:59 PM

    He should really go to the CFL.

  50. jclark6528 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:02 PM

    Boy oh boy. The Browns have been bad but to have two of the biggest first round busts ever in the same draft really sets the bar.
    ———————-

    I would hardly say the 22nd pick in the 1st round could qualify as one of the biggest draft busts ever……Leaf and Russell were top 2 picks……it just sounds stupid when people talk that way about #22……go look at the last 10 drafts and you’ll find players in the top 20 who never contributed to a single win for their team……come on people, quit being sheep.

  51. askcabs says: Mar 12, 2016 8:06 PM

    Who will his father blame now? It has never been Johhny’s fault ….. He is a selfish, spoiled, lazy young man who will never recover from his many, many mistakes!

  52. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 12, 2016 8:12 PM

    Anyone need a new Manzier?

  53. a1b24312 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:13 PM

    The CFL is pretty decent football so I wouldn’t wish this sorry mess on them. Besides, he’s small (which might work in the CFL, though, if all his other issues were resolved).

    Though nothing would surprise me, I just don’t think any NFL team will sign this guy until there’s some level of proof that he has dealt with his off the field issues beyond, of course, legal action should the grand jury issue an indictment.

  54. bobbyd12 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:37 PM

    I hope my Dolphins pick him up. At least he can party with us fans in the stands while we watch this franchise continue to nose dive into oblivion.

  55. kevsdomain says: Mar 12, 2016 8:37 PM

    Dude, you just got cut by the Cleveland Browns, a team that Needs a QB, and you weren’t it.
    It must feel even worse than watching team after team pass you by in the draft.
    Perhaps you will get another shot, But first, stop being a juvenile, Man Up Johnny an cut the crap, getting drunk and abusing your girlfriend is for losers, What you gonna do?? Be a Man or take a seat with JaMarcus Russell??

  56. ebhaynz says: Mar 12, 2016 8:40 PM

    RG3 has a lot of potential compared to Manziel.

    I don’t think any NFL team will take a chance with Manziel ever again.

  57. shlort says: Mar 12, 2016 8:50 PM

    Alfred E Neumann AKA Johnny Manziel, cleared waivers. Anyone surprised?

  58. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 12, 2016 8:56 PM

    Well, someone has to work the overnight shift at McDonald’s right?

  59. wfi801 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:59 PM

    barrymichaels61 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:13 PM
    Hope he signs with the Dolphins, coach Gase and Tannehill could really work with him and South Beach would be a natural fit.
    Everyone deserves a 2nd chance

    Yeah, there’s no nightlife at South Beach, just a row of churches.

  60. uglydingo says: Mar 12, 2016 9:27 PM

    Only 2 years ago Gil Brandt saw Johnny Manziel as the very best player in the Draft and vouched for his high character. Fast forward 2 years and Johnny is toxic, unwanted by the Cleveland Browns and every other team. What happened to the high character player that Gil raved about?

  61. taosravenfan says: Mar 12, 2016 9:29 PM

    Radioactive.

  62. flyeredup says: Mar 12, 2016 9:37 PM

    I hope he jumps off a bridge

  63. raiderapologist says: Mar 12, 2016 9:52 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Mar 12, 2016 6:44 PM

    ravensfan56 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    He belongs in the CFL. If he grows up, the NFL is always an option.
    __________________

    He belongs in Rehab with full support from his family and friends.
    ———————
    Thanks, Obama.

  64. bonecrushinghits says: Mar 12, 2016 10:26 PM

    Rex Ryan on Line 2

  65. nightryder10 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:36 PM

    The notion of hard work has never occurred to the kid – and never will.
    He grew up with all the money he ever needed, and was blessed with enough athletic talent to star in college.
    But in order to succeed as an NFL QB, he’d have to study like a med student, work out like a fiend and – for a short time, anyway – live like a monk.
    And he’s not going to do that. He doesn’t love the game. He’s got plenty of money (another $2M still coming in from the Browns). He’d rather just party.
    If that’s what he wants, who cares?

  66. 1964bclions says: Mar 12, 2016 11:01 PM

    Seems to me… Everyone here is missing the obvious….

    Manziel will sign with Dallas.

    Johnny will throw and run for 5 T.D’s in the first half of his first pre-season game for the Cowboys.

    The Browns will then panic, and trade their next two first round picks to the Cowboys for Johnny Manziel.

  67. pftbro says: Mar 12, 2016 11:38 PM

    Like his farther said, he probably won’t make it to his 24th birthday.

  68. pftbro says: Mar 12, 2016 11:50 PM

    Jerrah is in disguise and has set up a floating crap game on the streets of Las Vegas hoping to snare Johnny…

  69. 1trojan33usc says: Mar 12, 2016 11:51 PM

    Just wait until Romo goes down next season for the (8th, 9th, uhhh 12th time) press will come out that Johnny has just completed a miraculous “rehab camp” and is NOW ready to take the reigns of the Dallas Cowboys……”write it down” !!

  70. egomaniac247 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:05 AM

    I’m not defending his behavior but i do wonder if guys like Brett favre and Michael Irving would be hofers if cell cameras and social media had been around when they were younger.

  71. mazenblue says: Mar 13, 2016 8:32 AM

    Alcohol only stay in your system for a day or so. Bet he sweated it out by noon from t he night before. Wait till he gets older, his liver will give out and he will die. This is pretty serious.

  72. todd6162 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:51 AM

    This may be the last you hear about him regarding football but not the police blotter

  73. armchairqb says: Mar 13, 2016 9:33 AM

    Headline should really be:

    “Manziel clears waivers, career ends.”

  74. vikingdoode says: Mar 13, 2016 9:47 AM

    he actually might never play football. With his new bar off and running that might be his way. Hope he keeps drinking and stays out of the league. He is taking a roster spot from a guy who wants it

  75. deezenucks says: Mar 13, 2016 10:46 AM

    I don’t think Manziel can grip a Canadian football let alone throw it so I doubt the CFL is a real option

  76. dcspeedway says: Mar 13, 2016 11:18 AM

    Goes to show you. If you are given everything your entire life, and not having to earn anything.
    You have no respect for anything.
    If he comes from money and will be taken care for the rest of his life. He will merely be a second-rate citizen.

  77. njraiderfan19 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:21 AM

    I can’t believe that people are completely writing this guy off at 23 years old. I mean, it took Ryan Leaf until he was 26 to really be completely shot.
    Besides, I believe the Burgermeisterhof Bratwursts of the German League are looking for a backup QB. New scenery, different women, better beer…..sounds like a smart move!

  78. platinumraider32 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:32 AM

    Looks like Johnny has thrown his hat in the ring for biggest “QB” bust of all time.

    J. Russell and Ryan Leaf move over, you got company!!!!

  79. bert1913 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    even though he’s a free agent, it would surprise me if Washington try’s to trade for him

  80. dprouse says: Mar 13, 2016 11:44 AM

    He now faces the same problem Tebow did – any team signing him risks a massive media circus and a host of distractions in their dressing room.

    If Johnny wants to continue his football career, it will likely be in the CFL. Light it up there and show that you have put your personal demons aside and then the NFL becomes an option again. For now, I suspect that no GM will want to put his reputation at stake for this guy, even at minimum salary.

    Oh, and the CFL is a much better league than people think. Just ask former Heisman winner Troy Smith, who washed out in Montreal despite being given a host of opportunities to win the starting job.

  81. joefla47 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:35 PM

    can see him now at McDonalds rushing around to get orders, tossing down fries, Thrown down Burgers…And drunk every night..DEAD BROKE, beating up homeless women

  82. joefla47 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:35 PM

    can see him now at McDonalds rushing around to get orders, tossing down fries, Thrown down Burgers…And drunk every night..DEAD BROKE, beating up homeless women.. poor lil boy

  83. crindal3000 says: Mar 13, 2016 1:59 PM

    dude was lucky to get drafted so high to begin with. he’s a practice squad to 3rd string QB at best without his off the field “issues”.

  84. nflrule says: Mar 13, 2016 3:38 PM

    Can we have one day without mentioning this twerp…

  85. SilentMajority says: Mar 13, 2016 4:40 PM

    If Manziel ever plays a down again in the NFL I will be very surprised.

    If you don’t like the Tebow distractions then you’re really going to hate the Manziel distractions…

  86. loumann says: Mar 13, 2016 5:39 PM

    The fact that he gets to keep more than $10 bucks an hour just kills me.

  87. draculalambert says: Mar 13, 2016 6:42 PM

    He’s better than Kap and rg3. The Las Vegas raiders should grab him

  88. bong815 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:37 PM

    The most amazing thing is that the Raiders haven’t signed him yet. Has he been spotted in Dallas?

  89. bong815 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:45 PM

    I suggest you move your “Report comment” link further away from the rating thumbs – it’s much too easy to accidentally hit the “Report comment.”

  90. dolphinsruleall says: Mar 13, 2016 8:18 PM

    “Hope he signs with the Dolphins, coach Gase and Tannehill could really work with him and South Beach would be a natural fit.”

    ——-

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve read in awhile, and a great example of why I don’t care for many of my fellow Dolphins fans.

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