New Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson all but confirmed reports on Wednesday that the team intends to release former Texas A&M Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel when the new NFL league year begins in March.
In a press conference at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, Jackson said Manziel’s future with the Browns “will be addressed here pretty soon” and said the quarterback’s recent behavior is not being taken lightly by the franchise.
“I want to make sure we all understand that that behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward,” Jackson said via Marc Sessler of NFL.com. “And that’s all I want to say about it. I want to leave it at that. Our organization is going to take a stand. And we’re going to move on from those kind of situations as we move forward.”
The Browns are waiting until the new NFL league year begins on March 9 to release Manziel so the team can avoid carrying a $4.333 million hit against the salary cap.
Manziel is currently under investigation by the Dallas Police Department after his ex-girlfriend said that he kidnapped and threatened her life. No charges have been filed against Manziel yet, but police reportedly obtained video of the incident and the investigation is ongoing.
After two seasons as the quarterback at Texas A&M and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel declared for the 2014 NFL Draft and was selected in the first round. He made eight starts for the Browns, but posted just a 2-6 record and has dealt with many off-the-field issues.