Cleveland Browns Rumors: Johnny Manziel Not Even a Top Option

By Connor Muldowney
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It has been very clear from the beginning that Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel would be a top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It seems as if any team that needs a quarterback will be trying to lure Manziel to its franchise via formal interviews at the combine and one-on-one in-person interviews in the upcoming months. However, the Cleveland Browns reportedly didn’t use an interview on the former Heisman winner.

Cleveland has the No. 4 pick in the draft this year and it looks like they will be focusing on other areas of need — or maybe even another quarterback such as Derek Carr. It has been rumored that the Browns have been very intrigued by Carr and he may be the top quarterback on their list of candidates in the draft.

Since the front office has been revamped this offseason, the Browns have gone from hardcore Johnny Football supporters and endorsers to the complete opposite.

Apparently, each team gets 60 “formal” 15-minute interviews at the combine and and Browns didn’t use any of those on Manziel. According to head coach Mike Pettine, the Browns will speak to him in the next few months, if need be, but they spoke to everyone that they wanted to at the combine.

It’s clear that the direction of this team is not to align with Manziel.

As for the quarterback situation, if the Browns don’t choose one in the first round, Pettine says he is very impressed with Brian Hoyer and he could be the starter of the future for this team.

Well, Johnny Football will likely be gone by the fourth pick anyway.

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