Now that Johnny Manziel is no longer employed, having been released by the Cleveland Browns, it is interesting to find out he actually begged the Browns to draft him from the green room almost three years ago.
Check out his text, urging the Browns to draft him almost two years ago, via Connor Orr of NFL.com:
“I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.”
The text was sent to the team’s former quarterbacks coach, Dowell Loggains. He reportedly received the message after Manziel began to fall down the draft board, per Conor Orr of NFL.com.
Loggains then shared Manziel’s text with owner Jimmy Haslam, per the report.
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach. I’m like, ‘This guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘Pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.'”
Manziel’s term “wreck” in his text is quite ironic. He didn’t exactly wreck the Browns, but he did a heck of a job wrecking of own NFL career with a laundry list of questionable and inappropriate off-field behavior.
Loggains was no longer with the Browns after Manziel’s first year, while head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer were fired after the 2015 season. Despite given the opportunity to start in only eight games, Manziel would certainly still be with the team if it hadn’t been for all the trouble he created away from the field.
Following a multitude of poor choices, which include multiple videos and photos showing the quarterback in various stages of intoxication, wearing cheesy disguises to conceal his identity, missing team appointments and showing up to practice reportedly drunk, the Browns finally had enough.
On top of it all, there are the domestic violence allegations by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley still looming that will being decided by the grand jury, for which Manziel could face criminal punishment.
In the end, we must wonder if Manziel hadn’t sent that text message to Loggains, would the team have selected him? It would appear the text did indeed prompt the Browns to forego targeting Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater.
Both Carr and Bridgewater are enjoying hassle-free, productive and budding careers with their respective teams, while Manziel is enjoying a nationwide partying and bar-hopping tour.