The Cleveland Browns have opted against volunteering to be the focus of this year's season of 'Hard Knocks', reports revealed today.
No cameras allowed
According to ESPN, the franchise made the decision after meeting with NFL Films this week and it is believed that one of the defining factors behind the move is to protect under-fire quarterback Johnny Manziel.
With Manziel having been in rehab since late January his return to the Browns fold would undoubtedly make intriguing viewing but Cleveland are, quite sensibly, not in the business of bringing attention to the situation moving forward.
"You just weigh everything in," coach Mike Pettine told ESPN this week.
"Because being a part of 'Hard Knocks', having been there, knowing they're going to look to cover the team's biggest current storylines, it's obvious that he (Johnny Manziel) would be a point of attention."
Johnny Football's return
The latest update out of the franchise on Johnny Manziel's current situation came on Monday, with the team stating they expect the former Texas A&M star to be present for the start of workouts on April 20th.
If this pans out they clearly want Manziel's return to the football environment, after over three months in a rehab facility, to be carried out without the potentially destabalizing presence of the media - as much as that is possible.
"When we decided not to volunteer for 'Hard Knocks', we discussed everything that was involved with it," Pettine revealed at this week's NFL owners meeting.
"(Manziel) is certainly something we needed to consider."
Franchise in chaos
As well as the speculation surrounding Johnny Football, the Browns have also been caught up in suspensions (Josh Gordon) and scandal (Ray Farmer's apparent sideline texting) in recent times, making them an ideal candidate to star in 'Hard Knocks.'
Unlike other teams before them however the franchise has taken the sensible route of opting out. The Browns are already seen as one of the most chaotic teams in the NFL right now, weekly behind-the-scenes shows highlighting this fact are exactly what Cleveland does not need right now.
And the same can be said for Johnny Manziel as he looks to bounce back from a tumultuous past 12 months.
What do you think Browns fans? Would you have liked to see Cleveland star in the show regardless, and just what does Manziel's future hold? Let us know in the comments section below...
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