There were immediate reports after the hiring of coach Hue Jackson that Johnny Manziel’s time in Cleveland was short.
But new Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said Thursday he’s in no hurry to determine the future of either Manziel or suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon.
“I know a lot’s been written about him. What we expect is Johnny to have a good offseason and be ready to go. We’re not in any panic to make any decision one way or another on him,” Brown said, via Pat McManamon of ESPN.com. “He understands what’s ahead of him and what he needs to do to have a career in this league and with the Browns.”
He also deferred when asked about Gordon, who has applied for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Brown said that because he’s been preoccupied with hiring a coach and a personnel staff, he hasn’t had time to investigate where Manziel even was for the regular season finale, amid reports he was in Las Vegas.
“We don’t know where Johnny was,” Brown said. “I don’t know where Johnny was the final game of the season.”
Brown said the team would sit down with Manziel “at the appropriate time,” though it’s unclear when that time will be.
Brown said Jackson would have “huge input” into personnel calls, so if he’s not predisposed to Manziel, it might just be a question of when rather than if.