Johnny Manziel’s future in the NFL remains unclear.
His future in Cleveland is seemingly set, though.
New Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson disclosed that he would prefer that the organization move on from the former Texas A&M quarterback during interviews with the team brass, sources told ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano and Pat McManamon.
Manziel was a hot topic during Jackson’s interview, but when introduced to the media on Wednesday, the new Browns coach took a politically correct stance when discussing Manziel’s future in Cleveland.
“I need to get in this building and have an opportunity to sit down and watch tape,” Jackson said. “I don’t know Johnny personally, I know who he is, but at the same time I think I have to give everybody on our football team the fair opportunity to see who they are, to truly learn who they are and then make decisions from there.”
Jackson also mentioned that off-the-field integrity, accountability, passion and work ethic were among the most important attributes he looks for in his players.
When it comes to Manziel, that will all certainly be questioned.
Earlier this month, Manziel was reportedly seen in Las Vegas wearing a disguise and using a fake name. That Sunday, he failed meet with a doctor while in the NFL’s concussion protocol, which coincided with the final regular-season game of the 2015 NFL season.
That was just the latest incident involving Manziel, who has enjoyed a roller-coaster tenure in Cleveland since the Browns drafted him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
That has led the Browns to reportedly be “so done” with the oft-embattled former Aggies quarterback.
Apparently, the hire of Jackson may have cemented that fact.