Cleveland Browns interested in Johnny Manziel to save the franchise

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Former Texas A&M quarterback, Johnny Manziel has been one of the more interesting characters in the buildup to the NFL draft. There has been no shortage of rumors linking him with a number of teams at the top of the draft.

However, we may a little closer to finding out where Manziel could be going now after Peter Schrager reports that the Cleveland Browns are very interested in the passer.

"I believe the Browns will take Manziel if he's there. Haslam did not buy this team for $1 billion to see them be irrelevant. He's the pick." reports Schrager of Fox Sports.

Schrager believes that the selection of Manziel might be unpopular among the coaching staff of the Browns but would rejuvenate a dying franchise:

"And make no mistake about it, this pick isn't Ray Farmer's and Mike Pettine's. The owner will have some say in who the Browns select 4th."

Manziel is probably the most polarizing figure in the draft with some critics believing him to be a bust whilst other believe he has potential to be a superstar.

Even if Manziel does not deliver on the field in the way that the Browns would expect, and let's be honest he can't be worse than their last options, he could still provide a boost to the franchise.

A player of Manziel's popularity would provide a significant increase in ticket and jersey sales to a franchise which could start to lose support if their losing run continues.

Whether the Browns choose to select Manziel or not remains to be seen but his appeal beyond the football field is something that needs to be considered.

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