Last Straw? Browns Will Reportedly Dump Manziel

'Johnny Football' might be out of a job after another off-field incident
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2016 2:48 PM CST
Last Straw? Browns Will Reportedly Dump Manziel
In this Dec. 20, 2015, photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with reporters.   (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)

He started with such great promise, but it now appears that quarterback Johnny Manziel is about to flame out of his NFL job. ESPN reports that the Cleveland Browns plan to cut Manziel as soon as the new NFL year starts in March. The decision comes after yet another off-field incident: Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are investigating whether Manziel assaulted an ex-girlfriend on Saturday—the second investigation of an alleged domestic incident in recent months, reports The former college phenom dubbed "Johnny Football" also spent 73 days in rehab but has been photographed of late drinking. His 2-6 record as a starter isn't helping his prospects, and the team apparently has had enough.

"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field," says a team statement released Tuesday. "Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time." (Read more Johnny Manziel stories.)

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