Browns quietly wiped out Manziel’s guaranteed money before cutting him

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When the NFL recently suspended free-agent quarterback Johnny Manziel for four games under the substance-abuse policy, a question arose regarding whether the suspension would void the remaining guaranteed money in Manziel’s rookie contract. But the question of whether guarantees can be voided after a player is cut assumes that the guarantees weren’t already voided before he was cut.

Per three different sources with knowledge of the situation, the Browns voided Manziel’s remaining guaranteed money before cutting him. No grievance was filed by the NFL Players Association in response to the voided guarantee, apparently because Cleveland’s case for voiding the guarantees was regarded as open and shut.

As PFT explained in March, the Browns had the power to void Manziel’s guaranteed money in various ways: (1) a suspension imposed by the league under any policy; (2) a suspension imposed by the team; (3) failure or refusal to report, practice, or play; or (4) leaving the team without prior written consent.

They quite possibly relied about his decision to skip town for Las Vegas at the end of the 2015 season, when he otherwise was required to report to the facility.

Whatever the reason, the decision was made, no fight was launched to keep the guarantees from voiding. As a result, Manziel won’t make $2.173 million over the next two years.

Or, to convert it to other forms of currency, 1.09 million Manziel jerseys from the discount rack.

47 responses to “Browns quietly wiped out Manziel’s guaranteed money before cutting him

  1. Johnny doesn’t need the money anyway. All he has to do is go talk to his daddy and he’ll give him anything he wants–just like always.

  2. Maybe the NFLPA didn’t think it could win but more than likely Manziel doesn’t have a lot of support from other NFL players.

  3. camdenyard says:
    Jul 11, 2016 2:53 PM

    Gotta wonder what the kid was thinking all this time. Ryan Leaf looks like Johnny freaking Unitas next to this guy.
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    No he doesn’t. Ryan Leaf is a top 5 bust, who cried after a game one time, whereas Manziel never projected to be much in the league anyway.

  4. Get guarantees up front kids! The NFL doesn’t guarantee contracts or fair discipline, so be warned.
    A 10 million signing bonuses in the hand is worth 20 million reported on Espn.

  5. he probably still thinks he’s getting paid, as long as the debit card keeps working it’s all good.

  6. “Get guarantees up front kids! The NFL doesn’t guarantee contracts or fair discipline, so be warned.”

    Maybe you weren’t paying attention. There’s a rookie wage scale now that pretty much dictates pay rate, signing bonus, etc.

  7. So you are telling me the same NFLPA that fought for Aaron Hernandez didn’t at least file didn’t file a grievance for Manziel?

    Now I think he’s as bone headed as anyone else, and has nobody to blame but himself for his current situation…..but did I miss the part that he did something worse than killing people?

  8. There were four possible ways Johnny Football could wipe out his guaranteed money. Apparently, he took this as a challenge.

  9. It’s a sad saga involving the Browns and Manziel. The scary part is, they could’ve drafted Derek Carr and Carr would’ve been the one drummed out of the league.

  10. From the moment he appeared on the Draft stage rubbing his fingers together (show me the money), I knew he didn’t take his craft seriously enough to make it in the NFL. I’m actually surprised he lasted as long as he did.

  11. It’s really a sad story. Football aside, when you are faced with losing everything you’ve worked on your entire life and you can’t stop yourself from continuing to blow it, you are in serious, serious danger.

    I know it’s easy to look at Manziel and all of the things his life has afforded him and say something like “I wish i was Johnny” or “how can he waste his talent and opportunity” or something to that effect, but trust me, nobody wants to be Johnny Manziel. He obviously has some deep seeded pain and self-hatred which allows him to continue to self-destruct this way. I wouldn’t trade places with him for a minute.

    I was never a fan of his playing, and didn’t think he had the passing skills to be an NFL-caliber QB, nonetheless a first round pick, and I have doubt he will even get a chance to play in the NFL again, but damn, I’m pulling for him to blow out the candles on his cake on his 30th birthday. But I even have doubts about that. Sad.

  12. Here’s our weekly, gratuitous Manziel story!! Gotta be a record for somebody who accomplished d^%# in the NFL!
    I thought Tebow was bad, but he at least put up stats!
    PFT, pleae let TMZ have the conn from this point on…

  13. Some people can’t take the pressure and they shoot themselves in the foot to get out from under.

    Kind o f like Larry Summers.

    Had the best job in his field but said a bunch of stupid stuff and was forced to resign.

  14. “No he doesn’t. Ryan Leaf is a top 5 bust, who cried after a game one time, whereas Manziel never projected to be much in the league anyway.”
    *********
    Don’t tell Skip Bayless, he actually said: “Manziel will be a perennial Pro Bowler.”

  15. sumkat says:
    Jul 11, 2016 3:28 PM
    So you are telling me the same NFLPA that fought for Aaron Hernandez didn’t at least file didn’t file a grievance for Manziel?

    Now I think he’s as bone headed as anyone else, and has nobody to blame but himself for his current situation…..but did I miss the part that he did something worse than killing people?
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    And that’s the error people like you guys make all the time. The NFLPA always fights on a player’s behalf and rights based on the language of the CBA. When the Patriots cut Hernandez and tried to void his guarantees he had been charged but not yet convicted of a crime. The Union would be irresponsible if they set a precedent in which players merely charged and not convicted of a crime to lose guarantees such as signing bonus installments…..In the case of Manziel there are multiple sections of the CBA that allowed the Browns to void paying his remaining guarantees as mentioned in this article. In the Patriots case they didn’t have any basis in the CBA to take back the guarantees. Which is part of the reason why when they cut Hernandez his numbers still counted towards their salary cap.

  16. So what if he winds up broke? He’ll be the newest member of a huge fraternity of broke former NFL players. The upside is that he won’t have as many concussions as the rest of them.

  17. I used to think he just took the money and ran, which while not very likeable, shows some signs of intelligence. This new revelation proves this guy is just an idiot. Who gives up $2 million to not show up for a few more days?

  18. I appreciate it’s just a commonly abused phrase, but if the “guaranteed” portion of his pay can be voided by any one of at least 4 different conditions, then surely it’s “conditional” pay, or should be described as just “base salary” for meeting the baseline conditions of the contract.

  19. mmack66 says:
    Jul 11, 2016 3:11 PM

    No he doesn’t. Ryan Leaf is a top 5 bust, who cried after a game one time, whereas Manziel never projected to be much in the league anyway.
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    Like it or not, if you are drafted in the first round then you are expected to be a starter for years. Anything less than that is failure. Takes a lot for a first round pick to be drummed out of the league and become toxic in two years and Manziel ticked all the boxes.

    Even Leaf managed to hang around longer than that-don’t forget he got a chance with Dallas after failing with the Chargers.

    Jawalrus “Purple Drank” Russel lasted longer than two years and got a look or two in tryouts after being nixed in Oakland.

  20. realtruthteller100 says:
    Jul 11, 2016 4:44 PM

    this is legalised theft. browns hsould be ashamed of themselfs. guy has to feed his family and they do him like that. shame.
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    I can’t stop laughing.

  21. jimbo75025 says:
    Jul 11, 2016 4:37 PM

    Like it or not, if you are drafted in the first round then you are expected to be a starter for years. Anything less than that is failure. Takes a lot for a first round pick to be drummed out of the league and become toxic in two years and Manziel ticked all the boxes.

    Even Leaf managed to hang around longer than that-don’t forget he got a chance with Dallas after failing with the Chargers.

    Jawalrus “Purple Drank” Russel lasted longer than two years and got a look or two in tryouts after being nixed in Oakland.
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    Leaf was #2 overall, and Russell was #1. Those guys are busts. Those are just two of the dozens of first round quarterbacks, that never became long term starters.

    Manziel was never anything more than a novelty, and the fact that the Browns traded up to take him should be all you need to know.

    That said, had the Browns actually started the guy and let him play, and not waffled at every turn, he might have been a serviceable quarterback for the Browns. Instead, he got Brownsed out of the league.

  22. And he’s saying, “how many of you guys actually sucked in the NFL?”
    It’s his claim to fame. Sucking in the NFL

  23. The kid obviously has some pretty bad substance abuse issues (along with anger management issues) that he needs to address. I would hope, from a totally humanitarian point of view, that he gets his stuff together.
    He is still young, and could probably make a living playing ball, if someone were to give him a chance, after he gets his ducks in a row.

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