The Johnny Manziel rumors have quieted down when it comes to NFL teams expressing interest in signing him. Before his release from the Browns, LeBron James and his marketing agency severed ties with him. Why would Johnny Manziel be his hero?
Manziel's sophomore season showed flashes of improvement, but former coach Mike Pettine was resistant to hand him the starting job and demoted the quarterback to third string after a video of Manziel partying surfaced during the team's bye week.
Manziel started eight total games, losing six. His son Stephen Jones reportedly talked Jones out of making Manziel a Cowboy, and the team instead drafted guard Zack Martin, who made the Pro Bowl his rookie season and is already an anchor for the offense. The NFL is investigating if he violated its personal conduct policy in that incident.
The Bucs announced the deals Friday, addressing a need to bolster a defense that allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 70 percent of their passes and throw for 31 touchdowns last season.
Manziel's fall from grace has been precipitous following a college career at Texas A&M in which he wowed fans with his dual-threat talents and irked others with his bravado. According to Crowley, Manziel forced her into an vehicle, pulled her by the hair, and threatened to kill both her and himself.
Manziel was benched for the Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens just seven days after being named the second-year signal-caller the starter for the remainder of the season.
Manziel's first career start couldn't have gone worse.
January saw a more serious incident between Manziel and Crowley.
On Feb. 25, Dallas police referred their domestic violence case against him to a grand jury, which will examine evidence against Manziel. But his on-field performance alone didn't come close to defining the Manziel era in Cleveland.
"I'd like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me – nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team in Cleveland".