Johnny Manziel to volunteer for drug testing as he hopes for comeback

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Johnny Manziel is saying all the right things as he tries to make an NFL comeback. He may also be doing something about it.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the former Cleveland washout plans to volunteer for drug testing in an effort to convince teams he’s serious.

Since he’s not in the league, he’s not subject to the league’s drug policy and wasn’t taking tests. He was suspended four games last year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and has admitted he was “lost in the sauce,” but is sober now — without the benefit of a rehab program.

If he’s signed by a team, he’d be back in stage two of the program, and subject to random testing, but this is at least an apparent effort to show he’s in a position to compete for a roster spot.

He’s also working with quarterback tutor George Whitfield to get back into some degree of football shape.

The former Cleveland first-rounder has many hurdles to clear before he gets back on the field (including potential punishment for a domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend), but turning in a clear sample is a decent first step.

40 responses to “Johnny Manziel to volunteer for drug testing as he hopes for comeback

  1. He does not have NFL talent. The Browns owner was an idiot for wasting a FIRST ROUND draft pick on him.

    Much the same way Josh McDaniels was an idiot for wasting a FIRST ROUND draft pick on Tim Tebow.

    Any team that makes McDaniels their head coach should know what they are getting …. an idiot who thinks he knows more than everybody else because Tom Brady is maybe the best quarterback in the history of the NFL.

  2. Lab Tech: “Johnny, your latest test results show that you’re still clean.”
    Manziel: “Thanks, I’m working hard to be responsible for myself.”
    Lab Tech: “But we’re going to have to ask you to move out of our test lab now.”

  3. When they asked him to volunteer for drug testing, Johnny thought they meant testing drugs on him. He was all in.

    ******
    audible Laugh.

  4. but is sober now — without the benefit of a rehab program.

    there is no rehab program in the world that will work unless you personally make the commitment to be sober

  5. Too bad he waited until he is persona non grata in the league. It’s not gonna happen Johnny. Enjoy being a recruiting tool at A&M, because that’s the best you can hope for, being a tool.

  6. citizenstrange says:
    Feb 3, 2017 4:23 PM

    …..
    Much the same way Josh McDaniels was an idiot for wasting a FIRST ROUND draft pick on Tim Tebow.

    Any team that makes McDaniels their head coach should know what they are getting …. an idiot who thinks he knows more than everybody else because Tom Brady is maybe the best quarterback in the history of the NFL.
    —————————————————–
    McDaniels also drafted or acquired much of the Bronocos Super Bowl teams for 2013 and 2015:

    RB Knowshon Moreno
    DE Robert Ayers
    FS David Bruton
    P Britton Colquitt
    WR Demaryius Thomas
    OG Zane Beadles
    WR Eric Decker
    DT Kevin Vickerson
    OT Chris Clark
    DT Mitch Unrein

    And if he didn’t have such an off year in 2010 the Broncos never could have drafted Vonn Miller.

    Yes, Tebow was a big mistake, but like Belichick’s mistakes in Cleveland he is capable of learning from them.

  7. When it comes to addiction, words, especially words about what the addict “will” do or “plans” to do, mean absolutely nothing. In fact, more often than not, you should run the other way when an addict starts making promises about future actions. I hope Manziel gets it together and spends the next decade as a role model for how addiction can be overcome, but I’ll be watching his deeds, not listening to his words.

  8. I have no problem with second and third chances, and I hope Johnny Manziel can have a career. But you have to realize, Johnny was more of a 5th round talent coming out of college. With a lot of hard work, and a ton of great coaching, he could be a decent backup QB some day. Maybe even a starter if he stuck around long enough. He really reminded me of Joe Theismann coming out of college. Joe played in Canada for a while before joining the Redskins. He even returned punts for a while, when he was a backup. Of course, he had Joe Gibbs, the greatest coach of all time. I don’t see any Joe Gibbs’ coaching these days. Andy Reid is the closest thing. Hey, there’s an idea! Andy likes second chance guys.

  9. Its funny how just a few months or a year can give young people perspective on their ill decisions! Johnny!!? You already went through convincing people in 2014! you think you will convince them in 2017!!!??

  10. Even if he’s off of drugs, what makes Johnny think that any team wants him? What did he ever do in the NFL to make anyone think he can be a winning quarterback?

  11. He is perceived to be a jerk which may reactions to the problems underlying his addictions but give him plenty of credit for not hiding. Fighting addiction is hard enough without being in the public eye so this is not a time to be judgmental. Better hope that you or someone you know doesn’t have to walk a mile in those shoes.

  12. Oh Johnny’s on a program alright, start a spreadsheet on him and you’ll eventually see a by the numbers pr plan to get him back in the league.

  13. If he was lossed in the sauce (alcohol) then that is what he needs to avoid. He didn’t say that though, he is keeping that door open so nothing has changed with him.

  14. Who would want to take a chance on him at this point? His actions over the last year speak loud and clear. He’s had nothing but time and plenty of money to hire someone to work with him to help him become a better qb.

  15. Isn’t he already being drug testing (likely) for his domestic violence plea deal where they are keeping tabs on him for the rest of 2017?

    That’s why it’s hard to believe when he says he ‘did it on his own’. It just might be the court that has the sword of Damocles hanging over him.

    So, if true, he’s basically trying for a twofer. While he stays clean to satisfy the court, he wants it to count for the NFL and public opinion.

    I hope he stays on the straight and narrow for his own self, but I’d tend to believe it’s a choice if he still is doing it on his own in 2018 and 2019.

    Sadly he’s just now realizing that he HAD his chance, and there is no guarantee of anything from now on.

    If he’s serious and able to overcome his addiction issues to alcohol, cocaine, etc… he should see if any NFL team is willing to sign him (doubtful). When nothing materializes, he should sign with an AFL team or that upstart league.

    He likely needs to take the long road back, and his chances aren’t good given his physical deficiencies.

    The problem is, the time to sign with lesser leagues is likely right around now. He should sign with one of those teams with an out for the NFL if something should arise.

    Overall he should be aiming more for 2018 or 2019 for the NFL. That’s his most realistic shot, however small and unlikely it is.

  16. Fine to offer to take drug tests but last recent photo I saw he looked like he weighed maybe 150 pounds soaking wet. Nothing suggests he’s been working out at all. His poor play was as big a problem as the off field issues–he’ll need to be clean AND look like an athlete to get even a tryout.

  17. Johnny time to switch positions…no one is ever going to trust you with the keys to the Ferrari again. Start small…maybe special teams then slot receiver.

  18. Now that nobody cares about him and he Is just another face in the crowd he wants to get back in the NFL to regain some of his celebrity stardom. But that ship may have sailed.

  19. Not a Browns fan, but if he’s serious he owes the Browns. If he could come back on an incentive heavy deal and play well, he could make a heck of a comeback story and would win a lot of people over in Cleveland.

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