Zero chance Browns would be in on a Johnny Manziel comeback

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Johnny Manziel
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Johnny Manziel /

The Cleveland Browns may not have an elite quarterback room, but there is no chance that head coach Hue Jackson would be open to a return of Johnny Manziel.

Former NFL quarterback (and we use that term loosely) was in the news over the weekend as he has allegedly talked to teams about making a return to the league.

Manziel was at a fantasy football convention in Dallas and, according to Jon Machota at the Dallas Morning News, has had conversations with unnamed NFL teams about mounting a comeback:

"“I know the situation that I put myself in. I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I’m hopeful. I’m really hopeful. I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we’ll see. Whenever I get a call, I’ll do whatever I can to make the most of it.”"

It is not hard to imagine what those conversations have gone like:

Manziel: Ready for me to come in and wreck your team, I mean wreck the league?

NFL general manager: Let me get back to you on that.

It’s great the Manziel claims to have learned from his mistakes and is working to improve his situation. We would never wish ill will on anyone. But in his time in Cleveland he always had the ability to say that things were getting better, only for his actions to reveal that was not the case.

If he truly is serious about resuming his career, there is zero chance that will happen with the Browns.

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One of the key initiatives that head coach Hue Jackson and executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown put in place when they took over the team was to change the culture of the franchise. Out were players who didn’t perform, didn’t care to perform, or were more interested in being a distraction than being an NFL player.

While that net caught players like Justin Gilbert, Armonty Bryant and Alvin Bailey, it was Manziel who was first and foremost on the list as he was released early in March of 2016.

Not only did Manziel do little on the field during his two years in Cleveland – completing 57 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions — his off-the-field antics were the talk of town.

The Browns may not have the most-enviable quarterback situation in the league right now, but bringing back a player that was ill-prepared to play the position even on his best day is hard to imagine. They also want players who are dependable, reliable, accountable and available, and Manziel only checks off that last box because no one in the league wants him.

It is also hard to see a scenario where Jackson would accept a player like Manziel back on the roster, and even more difficult to imagine what it would be like for him to stand up in the locker room and explain to the team why Manziel is back in town.

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As always, we wish Manziel the best of luck in conquering whatever demons he is continuing to battle. Just as long as he does it far, far away from the Browns.