Agent Drew Rosenhaus was on PFT Live Friday and said that he doesn’t believe Johnny Manziel will take the step toward treatment that Rosenhaus asked him to take this week, a decision that Rosenhaus says will lead him to terminate their working relationship.
Rosenhaus doesn’t have the same doubts about another one of his clients. Manziel’s former Browns teammate Josh Gordon has to wait until August 1 to apply for reinstatement from suspension for a second time after reportedly failing a drug test and Rosenhaus says he’s confident that Gordon knows he “can’t afford any slip-ups” that will keep him from returning to the field in 2016.
“I think Josh is going to be back this year,” Rosenhaus said. “I really believe that. There’s no question that this has been a tough year for Josh being away from the NFL. The leak to the media about a “positive test” was very frustrating and painful for him. With all that being said, we’re in a position right now where we’re battling to prevent that from happening again. The reality with Josh is he’s had dozens if not hundreds of tests since he was suspended last year. He has worked incredibly hard with the league, complying, doing the right things. This is a young man that’ll be back in the NFL. He will have another shot at being reinstated before the start of the season and I’m confident between now and then that he’ll take the necessary steps to be reinstated.”
Rosenhaus also took issue with the league’s policy that players serving a suspension are barred from being around the team. He argues that players should be able to have contact with their teams and get help if needed, which is an issue that’s been raised by others in the past as well.
As it stands now, though, Gordon can’t get that help from the Browns and he’ll need to show that he can stay clean on his own before he’ll be given the chance to resume his career.