Johnny Manziel Finally Exits Rehab
Johnny Manziel is finally out of rehab. After a two month stay in a drug treatment facility, Johnny Football is finally getting back to, well, football.
The troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback has been swept up in a litany of offseason rumors, both involving his personal well being and his professional future in the NFL. No one can know for sure what lies next for the second-year passer, but it at least looks like Manziel has bettered himself mentally and emotionally.
That was mission ‘A’ following a roller coaster year that saw his draft stock take a hit. Manziel also failed to pick up Cleveland’s offense, couldn’t unseat starter Brian Hoyer and looked lost once he finally drew his first career start in week 15.
While it hasn’t looked promising for the former Aggie, Manziel could still very well be on the path toward major progress. Few can argue that the former Texas A&M product has the natural talent to be a successful NFL franchise quarterback, if only he could learn the playbook and have himself better prepared to face NFL defenses.
Ditching his hard-partying ways was inevitably going to be part of his path toward NFL success, and it’s clear Manziel has finally seen that. Whether or not Manziel’s new sober path leads to pro success or not remains to be determined, while it’s also grown apparent that despite his decision to correct his personal flaws, the team simply may not be willing to wait around for him to make good on the change.
With Hoyer now in Houston and Manziel being impossible to trust, the Browns took the necessary step of bringing in bridge quarterback, Josh McCown. The team even was rumored to be interested in trading for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford at one point, and still may have serious interest in swinging a deal to net them Marcus Mariota in this year’s draft.
It might be a little silly for a franchise to give up on a talented passer after just six quarters as a starter, but that’s potentially exactly what the Browns intend on doing. For now, Browns fans can applaud Manziel’s efforts to better himself and hope that if he does get a second chance, he makes the most of it.
Should that happen, and Manziel’s hard work translates into major progression, it’s not all that crazy to imagine Manziel playing with a chip on his shoulder and proving all of his critics wrong. Even if you’re not a Browns fan, that sure would be fun to see.
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