Mike Pettine Says Rumor Team Will ‘Dump’ Johnny Manziel Is Ridiculous

The Cleveland Browns quarterback saga has taken yet another turn.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Cleveland is “90 percent done” with quarterback Johnny Manziel, even before he reached year No. 2 (via NJ.com). However, Browns head coach Mike Pettine shot down its purported truth, per NFL Media’s Marc Sessler:

“I filed that one in the ridiculous category when it was brought to my attention.

I use that number 90 percent, too, about the accuracy of reports that are out there, being 90 percent inaccurate. I don’t know where (Mortensen) would have gotten that from. (Manziel is) very much in our plans, and as we said, his career with us just hit the pause button. We’ve said this before, he’s got to get himself right as a person first before we worry about Johnny the football player.”

After spending more than two months in a rehab facility, Manziel returned to the Browns for voluntary workouts Monday. Upon returning, Pettine spoke with his young quarterback, who told his coach:

“Don’t judge me on my words. Judge me on my actions.”

Unfortunately for Manziel, he’s going to be judged on every move, word and action he makes from this point forward. There is just too much baggage for bystanders to not want to speculate what is happening when it comes to the Browns’ quarterback situation.

It seems like Cleveland have constantly been in search of the perfect signal-caller for their franchise. Perhaps Manziel feels secure for now, but the Browns could be in the market for a quarterback in the draft, potentially trading up for prospect Marcus Mariota.

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