Johnny Manziel has not had the easiest of starts to his NFL career, to say the least.
The Cleveland Browns spent a first round pick on the former Heisman winner and Manziel has not lived up to that billing at all. The quarterback managed to lose the starting job at the Browns by not even bothering to learn the playbook and then drinking and partying his way through the season.
Manziel took a big step and went to rehab, completing his treatment just a short time ago. But ever since leaving the facility, Manziel has been dogged by rumours that the Browns have been trying to trade him.
It comes as no surprise to anyone that the Browns still don't have a starting quarterback following Manziel's stint in rehab, Brian Hoyer deciding he'd rather fight for a job in Houston and Josh McCown being Cleveland's only QB pickup in free agency.
Because of this, and the fact that Marcus Mariota looks like a great trade target, combined with the fact that the Browns hold two picks in the first - 12th and 19th respectively - trade stories in the lead up to the draft seem inevitable. But for that trade to include Manziel seemed crazy.
It seems that those rumours were too good to be true. Browns general manager Ray Farmer came out on Thursday and shot down that the team tried to trade passer Johnny Manziel to the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Farmer told reporters: "No, that's not true."
Manziel is participating in the Browns offseason program, and coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the Browns have "90% moved on from him'' are ridiculous. Pettine and his staff are coaching Manziel hard and will try to determine if he has starting ability.
It would be brutal for Manziel, after taking the huge step of going to rehab in order to cure his problems, for the Browns to just turn around and ship him off to Philadelphia as soon as he left treatment.
Manziel will have a chance to impress at the Browns, Lord knows he has to if he wants to win back the trust of a lot of his teammates. But it seems like the Heisman winner is well on his way, with Browns corner Joe Haden revealing that Manziel was staying for three hours after workouts finished to try and improve his game.