Johnny Manziel wants to return to the NFL, but many question his past.
Was the “hype” of Johnny Football too much for Mr. Manziel himself? Critics say, “Once you’re out for a year or two, you just aren’t built to play the game anymore.”
There’s only one way to know. Somebody needs to pick him up. Manziel is currently a free agent and there are definitely some teams that can use the troublemaker as a backup quarterback or in some circumstances, a starting quarterback.
Manziel, once a boy locked inside a world of partying, drinking, and losing his mind, has seen to have matured (from what we know). Rehab must have had some positive effect. If a return was possible, would we expect more of the same old Johnny or a whole new approach; solely dedicated to the game of football?
Expectations have always been there. Ever since that Heisman trophy, Manziel was supposed to be flat out amazing. The second he landed in Cleveland, it was just the opposite. His first year with the Browns was full of partying and intoxication, leading to the doubt of his ability to play at a high level. This guy was young, rich, and obnoxious. What else do you expect?
He was also involved in a fight later in the year at a hotel, injuring his hamstring in the process. During the time he was out, Manziel realizes its time to stop screwing around and actually play the game he was destined to play. This is when Mr. Rehab came into play.
Alas, he released a statement to everyone who still cared about him.
“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous.”
I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process.
I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”
Alright Johnny boy, we believe you. Fast forward to the next season.
Manziel is released from rehab and guess what? Yeah you probably guessed right. He decides to do more dumb shit. Drinking and driving, getting questioned for domestic violence, and the constant partying. The cherry on top? He was to report to concussion protocall and never showed up. That led to him being cut by the Cleveland Browns.
Here we are today as Johnny Football the free agent. Yay Johnny, you could do whatever you want… except play the sport you spend your whole life playing.
Honestly, we have reached a point where everyone is ready to give Manziel a second chance. Why not? He might have gone through some very VERY rough patches as an NFL player, but who’s to say someone with his talent can’t have a comeback? Especially with quarterbacks like Kap that are still relevant.
He made mistakes. He paid his dues. Don’t completely discredit the guy. Manziel did not have the best start to his career, but if he gets his chance, everybody knows it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. This crazy cat might have some juice left.
What teams will take the risk. What teams could use bad boy Johnny?
The Eagles could always use a backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, who hasn’t played much the past few years. Adding Manziel will still give you the ability to scramble when in trouble and pass the ball deep when you need to. Yet, Johnny Manziel would have to prove himself capable of having the job behind Carson Wentz or even Nick Foles.
YOU LIKE THAT! The Redskins could sure use Johnny Manziel as a backup just like RG3 once was. Manziel has that run first mentality, so he would have more of that freedom with no key receivers down in Washington. However, his passing game would suffer.
Don’t be surprised if you see Pete Carrol and the Seahawks try to take shot at Manziel as well with Russell Wilson starting at quarterback. If Russ was to get hurt, who would he turn to? Johnny Football. He would have all the talent in the world to throw to.
As Prescott is probably the better all around player, Manziel gives you more of insurance liability. Dak is young, but smart. He can teach Johnny how to sit down and learn the game like he has. Age is just a number. Prescott’s influence can go farther than you think.