With all the changes in the Cleveland Browns front office, Johnny Manziel's future in Cleveland was questionable at best.
Following an alleged "altercation" with his girlfriend, Saturday morning, according to a Fort Worth, Texas Police Department statement, Manziel may well have embarrassed the Browns and owner Jimmy Haslam, yet again.
Thursday, Haslam was asked if the relationship between the Browns and Manziel could be fixed, Haslam said, “Oh, yeah, I don’t think there’s any question about that."
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But the most interesting quote was Haslam saying:
"I know a big deal was made that Hue (Browns Head Coach, Hue Jackson) hasn’t called Johnny yet.
"Well, we’ve got 53 players on the active roster and 10 more and there were a couple of other real prominent players that he just talked to in the last day or two, so I’m sure he’ll get around to talking to him.”
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Could Johnny's latest investigation by police finally force the Browns to admit that the troubled socialite, who occasionally plays quarterback, will not be returning with the Browns?
Hue Jackson has been adamant that the team needs a franchise quarterback. Jackson, along with Haslam and Sashi Brown were in Birmingham for the Senior Bowl where Jackson met with the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Going back to Haslam's "I'm sure he'll (Jackson) get around to talking to him" statement, is it safe to assume that with Jackson talking to prospects in Birmingham, his need for a franchise quarterback and the fact that he has not spoken to Manziel, that the Browns are done with Manziel and just being politically correct in the media?
Rumors swirled that Jackson, during his interview with the Browns, told Haslam he would not work with Manziel. Jackson also stated that meeting with seven-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, Joe Thomas, was a top priority during his press conference following his hiring.
Thomas has played a safe game with the media when asked about Manziel, over the last two seasons. Following the infamous, "Billy Manziel" Vegas vacation, Thomas said:
"If the report is true, I think for him some things are more important than football."
If Jackson wants Thomas to return, Thomas' feelings should hold some weight in the Manziel decision.
While the Browns play by the media rules and say the right things, fans have to be hoping that behind the scenes, the Browns have no intentions to fix anything with Manziel and will be moving forward without Manziel and his baggage.
For Manziel, things may not be as easy as going to Dallas. The Cowboys recently announced they would not re-sign Greg Hardy due to his partying.
Manziel has proven that partying comes before football, the question is, will Jimmy Haslam or Jerry Jones allow Johnny to make the rules or will they invest in a player who considers playing quarterback in the NFL their top priority?
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