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Manziel’s suspension ends, but his unemployment likely won’t

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel officially is eligible to be signed by an NFL team. And so am I. Chances are we’ll both continue to wait for the phone to ring.

PFT ha confirmed that Manziel has been reinstated following his four-game suspension for violation of the substance-abuse policy. By rule, players may serve suspensions even if they are not employed.

None of this will change Manziel’s employment status. No team has shown any interest in signing him. He likewise has been unable to find an agent since being fired by Erik Burkhardt and later by Drew Rosenhaus.

The challenge for Manziel, a first-round pick of the Browns in 2014, continues to be complying with the substance-abuse policy despite not having a job with an NFL team. He’ll be subject to ongoing testing, and any missed tests or failed tests will subject him to further discipline. Which could ultimately be the final nail in his NFL career.

If he manages to stay clean and to comply with (and pass) all tests, maybe he’ll be able to convince an NFL team to give him another chance. There aren’t nearly enough competent quarterbacks in football, and Manziel would likely draw interest if/when he can prove that he’s gotten his life in order.

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44 Responses to “Manziel’s suspension ends, but his unemployment likely won’t”
  1. ragnarthegreat says: Oct 5, 2016 7:15 PM

    Sad

  2. MichaelEdits says: Oct 5, 2016 7:17 PM

    He’s still got the Johnny Football trademark to fall back on.

    On the other hand, I wonder if he can play baseball.

  3. willycents says: Oct 5, 2016 7:18 PM

    “Chances are we’ll both continue to wait for the phone to ring.”
    ___________________

    I would wager that Florio’s chances of getting that phone call are 8-2 over Manziel at this point. Any takers?

  4. officialgame says: Oct 5, 2016 7:20 PM

    The priority should be admitting he is an addict and getting his life back together. Once that occurs everything else will fall in place.

  5. fin72 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:23 PM

    Explain to me how somebody who looks like they’re 50 acts like they’re 10…

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 5, 2016 7:27 PM

    You know you’re a loser when agents want no part of your trainwreck.

  7. ineptguy8 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:27 PM

    Does anyone know how the drug policy works? If he is unemployed, how is he still subject to random testing? Do they test other guys who fail to make it with a team? Like Florio alluded to, he is basically any guy on the street at this point. If anyone knows, I am interested as to how it works.

  8. frostymugobeer says: Oct 5, 2016 7:28 PM

    give Tebow a call…maybe he can get you on with the Mets…”Johnny Baseball”?

  9. Hawknballs says: Oct 5, 2016 7:30 PM

    Am I the only one who is actually surprised that this is the first we’ve heard about him in a while?

    I figured by how he would have gone into cardiac arrest or wrapped a car around a telephone pole.

    Maybe there is hope he can get it together. And if he does hopefully he can get a shot with an organization that isn’t cleveland.

  10. Anicra says: Oct 5, 2016 7:35 PM

    Dallas Cowboys any day now

  11. mmack66 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:35 PM

    Browns on line 1.

    At this point, it couldn’t hurt.

  12. louiedogg16 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:35 PM

    Future Real Estate agent written all over him. An underachieving come addicted one.

  13. descendency says: Oct 5, 2016 7:40 PM

    How can the NFL suspend someone it doesn’t employ? (obviously it can… but why bother?)

    This makes no sense. The point of the suspension is to cost the player… but he isn’t an NFL player.

    If the league wants to discipline him, then wait until someone signs him. Then it would make sense.

    Otherwise (as Florio points out in paragraph 1), the NFL might as well suspend all of us.

  14. sgrvn329 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:43 PM

    A drunk couple fighting in nothing new! The NFL promotes alcoholic beverages and they are asking these young men not to drink what they support.

  15. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 5, 2016 7:47 PM

    ineptguy8 says:
    Oct 5, 2016 7:27 PM

    Does anyone know how the drug policy works? If he is unemployed, how is he still subject to random testing? Do they test other guys who fail to make it with a team? Like Florio alluded to, he is basically any guy on the street at this point. If anyone knows, I am interested as to how it works.

    I think they can only test you if you’re under contract. Since he’s not under contract they probably have no right to test him. However, once a team signs him all bets are off. More than likely, any team who even thinks about signing him will want him to take one and pass it before even thinking about offering him a contract.

  16. Ferdinand says: Oct 5, 2016 7:47 PM

    Well, considering the the last “Johnny out partying” story I’ve seen was just this week – I’d say he’s not doing well with sobriety yet. If he’s even trying.

  17. marcinhouston says: Oct 5, 2016 7:51 PM

    Word is he has been working with Todd Marinovich to get his life in order and mounting a comeback.

  18. exinsidetrader says: Oct 5, 2016 7:54 PM

    Read that again: First Round pick of the Browns!

  19. leef2020 says: Oct 5, 2016 7:55 PM

    So, let’s see which teams need a QB right the most now. Oh, the Browns. Sorry Johnny.

  20. gofor2with3pointlead says: Oct 5, 2016 7:58 PM

    That could be the NFL’s new tag line. “Please abuse substances responsibly.”

  21. omegalh says: Oct 5, 2016 7:59 PM

    How does he hit a fastball?

  22. bassplucker says: Oct 5, 2016 8:01 PM

    Johnny who? Oh yeah, that guy.

    Great lead, by the way.

  23. feelingswillbehurt says: Oct 5, 2016 8:09 PM

    Johnny Eightball is like the mirror image of Timmy Tebow. They both suck at pro football, yet they both remain on the radar of the football Press, but for different reasons.
    All other things being equal, I find Jesus freaks and junkies to be equally annoying. And having personally known both types, I am willing to say that there’s not much difference between the two.

  24. dmadras says: Oct 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    No chance – any GM worth anything – signs Johnny Nightclub! I don’t care how poor the quality of the low end QB’s in the league are, there is just no way any owner will allow this clown to ruin their franchise. QB’s have to be the hardest working, serious, and most passionate player on the team. Johnny Nightclub has zero respect from anyone in any locker room. I said this buffoon would last three years in the NFL…I was totally wrong, he lasted two!

  25. intrafinesse says: Oct 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    I had actually forgotten about the guy.

    I have no sympathy for him.
    Let him sponge off his rich parents if he’s used up teh millions he made.

  26. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 5, 2016 8:14 PM

    “There aren’t nearly enough competent quarterbacks in football, and Manziel would likely draw interest if/when he can prove that he’s gotten his life in order.”

    I think there’s some sort of unwritten rule that you cannot use “competent” and “Manziel” in the same sentence.

  27. wtfru2 says: Oct 5, 2016 8:15 PM

    Gee, we haven’t heard about him for a couple of weeks now and that was great!

    Enough already, keep it up…..

  28. latenightroach says: Oct 5, 2016 8:17 PM

    To bad this dude turned out to be such a hot mess with his personal choices, he was fun to watch on the field.

  29. drunkraider says: Oct 5, 2016 8:36 PM

    marcinhouston says:
    Oct 5, 2016 7:51 PM

    Word is he has been working with Todd Marinovich to get his life in order and mounting a comeback.

    ————–

    This one made me LOL !

  30. todd6162 says: Oct 5, 2016 8:54 PM

    Johnny who! Enough said

  31. learysdisciples says: Oct 5, 2016 9:00 PM

    You should hire him!

  32. cavington says: Oct 5, 2016 9:01 PM

    The kid is very young. If he’s done in the NFL, which it seems likely, he needs to figure out a career or life of his own where he isn’t a drug abuser or alcoholic. His parents were rich though, so how hard has he ever worked really. A rock star on campus is hardly work.

  33. simplec72 says: Oct 5, 2016 9:27 PM

    Jamarcus Russell has a better chance of being signed before Mr ex-Football does.

  34. rockbot69 says: Oct 5, 2016 10:09 PM

    49ers on line 1. We need a quarterback with his priorities somewhere other than on football… Oh wait….

  35. hlna55 says: Oct 5, 2016 10:10 PM

    Please stop!!!!!!!

  36. ayub04 says: Oct 5, 2016 10:48 PM

    I thought he was enrolled in school. Maybe that’s his focus rather than football.

  37. bsizemore68 says: Oct 5, 2016 11:11 PM

    No cure for acting stupid. Bill

  38. mwcarolina says: Oct 6, 2016 12:18 AM

    i dont know if Manziel will ever play in the NFL again….but if he has, then he’ll be officially (in my opinion) the 3rd biggest draft bust in sports history, only behind 2nd place JaMarcus Russell and first place Ryan Leaf.

    Manziel has the talent to actually not be on that dreaded list, but he seems to care more about what time the party at the club is than playing the game of football.

  39. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 6, 2016 12:42 AM

    dmadras says:
    Oct 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    No chance – any GM worth anything – signs Johnny Nightclub! I don’t care how poor the quality of the low end QB’s in the league are, there is just no way any owner will allow this clown to ruin their franchise. QB’s have to be the hardest working, serious, and most passionate player on the team. Johnny Nightclub has zero respect from anyone in any locker room. I said this buffoon would last three years in the NFL…I was totally wrong, he lasted two!

    You’re probably right. In order for them to invest any time and money in him, they have to expect he will eventually be of some value. To this point he has shown the only thing he values is partying. It’s amazing how stupid someone can be.

  40. jammer88 says: Oct 6, 2016 5:52 AM

    Thank goodness we have seen the last of this punk in the NFL. The boy is not even good enough to be playing in the CFL. Seeeee yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  41. v2787 says: Oct 6, 2016 6:02 AM

    Manziel has had chance after chance and has blown them all. Frankly, he’s not all that great anyway. His football skills are average at best. Why would any team want to take a risk with this sad, out-of-control, emotionally disturbed little man? (Of course, I can see Jerruh potentially taking a chance with Manziel.)

  42. concretejimmy52 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:16 PM

    To think the Browns could have drafted Wentz, Lynch, or Prescott after either taking Wentz with their pick, moving back not once but twice in the 1st round and drafting Lynch, or just taking Prescott in later rounds who was still available many picks later after Kessler is comical. And this after signing RG3 and he’s hurt in week one. That’s beyond really bad drafting…

  43. concretejimmy52 says: Oct 6, 2016 4:20 PM

    Browns new front office didn’t do Hue Jackson any favors.

  44. steves11 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:22 PM

    I was under the impression that a player had to be on a 53 man roster for games missed to count against his suspension. I guess not?

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