(Yahoo!) Now that the Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired Hue Jackson as their new head coach, it appears one of the first orders of business for the franchise will be divesting itself of 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, Jackson made it clear to Browns' brass that he does not want the team to retain the quarterback:
You ask good questions. I was told Hue made it clear he'd want to move on from Johnny. https://t.co/tkARNfBSyM— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 13, 2016
It's understandable that Jackson would feel that way; Manziel talked a good game for much of the season and did little to back it up. Despite spending a significant chunk of the 2015 offseason at a rehab facility, Manziel still exhibited poor decision-making off the field during the season.
In October, Manziel and his girlfriend were involved in an apparent domestic incident near Cleveland, but the NFL did not discipline him. In November, not long after the Browns decided to let him finish out the season as starting quarterback and see how he'd grown as a player, Manziel went to Austin, Texas to party, after he told Browns coaches that he would lay low. When video surfaced of Manziel, he lied to the team about how old it was and reportedly asked his friends to lie for him about his whereabouts.
Last month, after re-gaining the starting job but apparently suffering a concussion in Week 16, Manziel was placed into concussion protocol and took off for Las Vegas before Cleveland's last game, not reporting to the facility on Sunday morning as required under team rules.
But it might not just be Jackson who wants nothing to do with Manziel; NFL Network's Mike Silver tweeted this about him:
Not speaking in reference to Hue: I don't know one NFL coach who would want Manziel as his guy https://t.co/ELTLLZLvdd— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 13, 2016
However, if there is even one team that would be willing to take a chance on Manziel, it might be the Dallas Cowboys. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones has said in the past he wanted to draft Manziel but was talked out of it. Last week, Jones was asked on his weekly Dallas radio show about "young backup quarterbacks who come with some risks" without Manziel being mentioned by name, and Jones said the Cowboys would consider it.
"What would enhance me taking risk is a big bigger upside," he said. "If that upside is there, that ol’ risk-reward situation, then yeah. This is as far as we’re going to go here now with this, because I don’t want to get involved in any type of tampering situation. We’d take some risk.”
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