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Manziel wants to ‘wreck league’

Published: Sat, May 17, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

Associated Press


Once Johnny Manziel texted that he wanted to “wreck this league” with them, the Browns didn’t waste another second.

They rushed to draft Johnny Football.

Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday that as the Texas A&M star was sliding in the first round of the NFL draft last week, Manziel sent a text message urging Cleveland to select him. The Browns had passed on taking Manziel with the first of their two picks in the first round.

Appearing on ESPN Arkansas, Loggains said Manziel sent him a text that read: “‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together.”’

Loggains said he immediately forwarded the text to first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine and owner Jimmy Haslam, who said, “‘Pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.”’

The Browns then made their third trade of the first round and moved from No. 26 to No. 22 and nabbed Manziel, college football’s most exciting player and potentially the answer to Cleveland’s problem at quarterback.

Loggains said he worked out 14 quarterbacks before the draft. After the team finished its evaluations, Manziel’s name was at the top of the list “and there was everyone else.”

Manziel’s plea to the Browns as he sat in the wings of Radio City Music Hall in New York waiting to be drafted made an impression on Loggains, Pettine and Cleveland’s front office.

“It shows you what type of competitor the kid is and I got to spend so much time with him leading up to this process,” said Loggains, who was hired by Pettine in February. “ I feel like I know him very well. I had a good relationship with him. That’s the type of kid this guy is. He wants to do well. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and he decided to be a Brown.”

Loggains also said the Browns tried to trade up to No. 11 with Tennessee and No. 16 with Dallas.

Manziel is taking part in Cleveland’s rookie minicamp this weekend. The Browns are attempting to manage the media frenzy by limiting access to today’s workout to local reporters and photographers. The practice will be open for only 15 minutes and Manziel is expected to answer questions afterward. Sunday’s workout is closed.

The team doesn’t want Manziel to be a distraction from its other drafted players or unsigned free agents.

All eyes, however, will be on the kid in the No. 2 jersey.


1taxme(361 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The more I read and hear stuff about Johnny the more I like him. I'm equally excited about the Browns number 1 pick Gilbert. You know the kid the Steelers wanted very bad. Number 1 on the steelers board that the Browns dropped down to get. As a result the Steelers had to settle for Sazier(not really a 1st round pick but might be a good player some day). Gilbert is a very humble, talk softly but carry a big stick kinda kid. DEFENSE!

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2MLC75(660 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Manziel should learn to keep his mouth shut.I think he will be a bust,its amazing how some of these kids have such an ego.He hasn't taken a snap in the NFL and he thinks like this.He was the 22nd pick,not the first.

I'm sorry the Browns picked him,they don't need the circus that comes along with him.

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3taxme(361 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Every interview I've seen to date he was very humble and thankfull for the opportunity to play in Ctown. He never once has said he should start. he has said he needs to learn and earn a start if and when it comes. You must be a Steeler fan. Give the kid a chance!

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