Johnny Manziel expressed gratitude to the Browns organization and its fans for his time in Cleveland shortly after he was waived by the team on Friday.
“I’d like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me,” Manziel said in a statement released by his publicist to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland. I will always remember the support I received from the organization, my teammates and especially the fans.”
Manziel, 23, was cut by the Browns two seasons after the team selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He made eight starts and appeared in 15 games over two seasons, tallying seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The former Heisman Trophy-winner’s departure from the Browns ends a tumultuous tenure that included plenty of off-field mishaps and recent accusations of domestic violence. He’s just the fifth player since 2000 to be selected in the first round and released by the team that drafted him after only two seasons, according to NFL.com.