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Browns’ Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in Rehab

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in RehabElsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization.  "I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. "I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues.  "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process. "I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes. The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Manziel Released From Rehab

Manziel Released From Rehab Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Now that Johnny Manziel has likely finished rehabbing his personal life, he will attempt to do the same with his football career. According to multiple media reports, Manziel has been released from rehab and will now return to the Browns for their offseason conditioning programs. ESPN first reported the story. Manziel, 22, was more famous in his rookie season for his off the field activities than his feats on it.  He was photographed in a bathroom with a rolled up dollar bill, readily admitted that he had numerous incidents of hard partying instead of working at his craft and even overslept for an injury treatment session after a night of drinking. During Manziel's six quarters of game action he looked lost and proved ineffective, most notably in week 15 when the Bengals shutout the Browns 30-0 and he completed 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions. Currently, the Browns have Manziel and offseason addition Josh McCown at the top of the quarterback depth chart. Both players are expected to compete for the lead job when the team enters training camp, unless Cleveland adds a quarterback later this month in the draft.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel

Browns’ Joe Thomas Says Team Not Relying on QB Johnny Manziel Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than one year after being dubbed the quarterback of the future, Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns may already be the quarterback of the past. Before even entering the NFL, there were questions about Manziel's maturity and ability to be the face of the franchise. He did little to alleviate those concerns, according to All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas. "I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being 'the man,' being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life," Thomas told ESPNCleveland.com. "You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I'm guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. ...I think those were really positive steps," Thomas added. Manziel entered voluntary treatment as a result of his partying lifestyle back on Jan. 28. In five games during his rookie season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one total touchdown. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns GM Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games

Browns GM Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games NFL(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season on Monday for sending text messages to team personnel during games in 2014. The league also fined Cleveland $250,000. Farmer’s suspension will begin on the midnight of the Sunday before the Browns’ Week 1 contest and concludes following the team’s Week 4 game. During the ban, Farmer won’t be allowed to deal with team business or permitted to be at the team’s facilities or games. “I respect the league’s decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions,” Farmer said in a statement. “Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to Jimmy Haslam, Mike Pettine, our entire organization and our fans for the ramifications. Learning is a big part of who I am and I will certainly be better from this situation.” According to ESPN, Farmer texted an assistant coach and an unnamed team representative on the sideline that dealt with use of personnel and in-game strategy.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Browns Expect Manziel to Return in April

Report: Browns Expect Manziel to Return in April Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to return to the organization for spring workouts, according to ESPN. Manziel has been in rehab since January 28 to treat his abuse of alcohol as well as, "be a better family member, friend and teammate," according to a statement from his attorney on Feb. 3. An exact date for Manziel's release was not provided.  Competing with Manziel for the starting position will be Josh McCown, whom the team signed this offseason after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown signed a three-year, $14 million contract. The team is also exploring other options at quarterback. It was reported that the Browns offered one of their first-round picks to the Eagles after they acquired Sam Bradford from the Rams. The Browns are also potentially exploring a trade-up in the draft to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for “Hard Knocks”

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for “Hard Knocks” Elsa/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns appear to be the next team to join the Hard Knocks reality series. According to Vic Carruci of the Buffalo News, the Browns are the front runners to appear on the NFL's preseason documentary. Carruci is a former employee of the Browns. Browns head coach Mike Pettine is no stranger to the series as he appeared in 2010 while defensive coordinator of the Jets, when New York gained acclaim for their role on the program. Other teams that fall under mandatory consideration for the show include, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. Last season the Atlanta Falcons were the prominent focus of Hard Knocks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns Add Dwayne Bowe

Browns Add Dwayne Bowe Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on a two-year deal, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Bowe visited Cleveland last week and had a productive meeting with the staff. He has a relationship with general manager Ray Farmer, who previously worked in Kansas City's personnel department.   He finished his Chiefs career with 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns. He accomplished this despite playing with a collection of mostly journeyman quarterbacks and others who never established themselves in the NFL. Bowe's best season was 2011, when he caught 81 passes for 1,159 yards and led the NFL with 15 receiving touchdowns. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.    

Browns Sign Cornerback Tramon Williams

Browns Sign Cornerback Tramon Williams Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The impressive secondary of the Cleveland Browns just added another playmaker, as the team agreed on a contract with former Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. "Tramon is a really good and consistent player," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "He has had success in this league because he's a pro's pro who believes great preparation leads to great performance. We are very happy to be able to sign a player of his caliber to our secondary." Williams had spent his entire eight-year career with the Packers, but joins a Browns team that had three members of its secondary -- cornerback Joe Haden, safety Donte Whitner, and safety Tashaun Gipson -- make the Pro Bowl in 2014. "It's going to be awesome. I'll be glad to join those guys and help those guys with whatever they need," Williams said in a statement. "I see where these guys are going and I think I can help them go to where they want to go. They had a great defense last year with a lot of young guys on the team. I'm a veteran guy and I hope I can take them to another level." Williams has only missed one game during his career, and recorded 71 tackles in 2014. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dolphins Sign Jordan Cameron

Dolphins Sign Jordan Cameron Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins are reloading everywhere.  Miami signed free agent tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal, the team announced on Thursday. "I am pleased to announce that the Miami Dolphins have come to an agreement with Jordan Cameron," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. "He is a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with playmaking ability that will positively impact our team." Cameron joins one of the biggest free agent names in Ndamukong Suh to relocate to Miami. He's battled a concussion and shoulder-related injuries last season for the Browns and missed six games, but had a productive 2013 season with 80 receptions. Cameron also dealt with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel throwing to him and will now have Ryan Tannehill. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal with Browns

Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal with Browns Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal on Friday. McCown spent last season with the Buccaneers and finished 1-10 before being released. During his 11 games as the starter, McCown had completed 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. His signing points towards the end of the Brian Hoyer era in Cleveland.  Hoyer is scheduled to be a free agent. McCown has played for the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears and Bucs in a 12-year career. Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is the only quarterback still on the roster and is currently in rehab. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mike Pettine: ‘We’re Proud of’ Johnny Manziel

Mike Pettine: ‘We’re Proud of’ Johnny Manziel Elsa/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is proud of quarterback Johnny Manziel checking himself into rehab. Petttine spoke with reporters at the NFL combine on Wednesday and said that before they drafted 'Johnny Football' that they were aware of the player they were getting. "We had the same information everyone else in the league had," Pettine said. "It's easy to look back now and say, 'What did you miss?' You can interpret something a little bit differently now and it turns out to be a deeper-rooted thing than you thought." Pettine said he visited with Manziel and credited him for not letting things get any worse. "I just wanted to go visit him and see how he's doing, let him know that we're proud of him for the decision he made to go in," Pettine said. "Obviously he has our full support. ...He stepped up and said, 'I need help.'" "He's in a much better place now than before he went in," Pettine continued. "He's very determined to come out of it in a much better way." Pettine said he was not told what exactly happened to Manziel, but was happy he got the help that was available. "As we were getting into discussions on each player at the end of the year and the best path moving forward, he decided to put himself in," Pettine said. "I'm sure something occurred. I personally don't know what that exact point was." The Browns still must address their quarterback situation, if Manziel doesn't become the starter next season.  Brian Hoyer remains a free agent, but both sides are reportedly not even close to a deal. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Colts Will Attempt To Void RB Richardson’s Contract

Report: Colts Will Attempt To Void RB Richardson’s Contract Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Indianapolis Colts are entering the first stages of what appears to be a messy divorce. After trading for Trent Richardson four weeks into the 2013 season, the Colts will attempt to void the final year of the running back's contract, reports Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. Richardson is due $3.184 million next season. As Holder points out, language in Richardson's contract allows the team to release the player and avoid paying him in the case of "failure to report, incarceration" and — as is the case here — "suspension by the team." Richardson was suspended by the team in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs after he missed a team walkthrough to deal with a "serious family emergency." It would later be revealed that the family emergency was in fact related to Richardson's girlfriend's pregnancy. His girlfriend appeared to enter premature labor after just 28 weeks, putting both her and the unborn child's life at risk. The Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick to acquire Richardson from the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with Indianapolis, the former third overall pick has run for only 977 yards and six touchdowns.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment center on Wednesday. "We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns." "We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same," he continued. ESPN.com interviewed numerous Browns sources who made reference that Manziel was partying too hard. His party habits have been much scrutinized since his days at Texas A&M. After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel became a lightning rod in the media and sports world. He was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick in the first round. He struggled his rookie season, throwing for 175 yards in five games with one total touchdown. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns WR Josh Gordon Speaks Out About Off-The-Field Issues

Browns WR Josh Gordon Speaks Out About Off-The-Field Issues American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- After another failed drug test, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon wrote a first-person letter posted on Medium.com, telling his own story of his most recent incidents with the law.  Gordon directs the letter to his critics, including Charles Barkley, and ESPN analysts Stephen A. Smith, and Cris Carter, all who have expressed concern for Gordon’s future in professional football, and his well-being off-the-field. In the letter, Gordon explained his failed alcohol test, which came after a flight he took with teammates and former receivers coach, Mike McDaniel on Jan. 2.  He also discussed his 10-game suspension this past NFL season and his reduced four-game suspension for a DWI charge last year.  Gordon says he just made a bad decision at the wrong time. However, after discussing his current instances, Gordon took full accountability for his actions, saying, “the only person to blame is me.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test and will now face a one-year suspension, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports. Gordon tested positive for alcohol, a source said, confirming a report by Pro Football Talk.  Gordon was suspended at the end of the season for violating team rules after missing the first 10 games of the season, to go along with being arrested for driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina during the summer. Prior to that arrest, he was suspended the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team

Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team Al Bello/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma.) -- The end of the line is nearing for Trent Richardson with the Indianapolis Colts. One week after being a healthy inactive for the Colts divisional win over the Denver Broncos, Richardson did not travel to New England, for "personal reasons," the team announced Saturday. "[Being inactive] will never happen to me again," Richardson said Thursday. "Anybody can quote me, today, because it's never going to happen again." Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.  The Cleveland Browns changed their front office a year later and shipped him to the Colts. "It was such a bold and aggressive move and so forth, but really from a football standpoint, we needed a starting running back," General manager Ryan Grigson said one year ago. "Trent was made available. ...I'm glad we have him for the long haul. It was very economically wise as a franchise to make the move given where we're going with the run game." Indianapolis traded a 2013 first round pick for Richardson to the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with the Colts, he has amassed just 977 rushing yards. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ESPN: Kyle Shanahan Parts Ways with Browns

ESPN: Kyle Shanahan Parts Ways with Browns Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kyle Shanahan has resigned as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, according to ESPN.ESPN also reports quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains has been fired.Shanahan spent only one season in Cleveland and, according to ESPN, left because he did not agree with the front office about Johnny Manziel. Shanahan didn't believe the team could win with Manziel as the starter, but the front office insisted on starting him.The Browns' offense was 20th in passing yards per game and 17th in rushing yards per game last season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the status of running back LeVeon Bell uncertain for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN. Bell suffered a hyperextended knee during the team's win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the injury could have been much worse, the team is unsure when he'll be able to hit the field again. The Steelers will be the third team Tate's suited up for this season. The 26-year-old Tate spent the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He ran for 942 yards his rookie year in 2011 and looked like he could be a feature back while he backup up Pro Bowler Arian Foster. Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during this past offseason. He wound up struggling, running for 333 yards on 106 carries before being cut midseason. The Minnesota Vikings pickup him up, but he had just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, and was again cut. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Browns QB Johnny Manziel Denies Report of Party

Browns QB Johnny Manziel Denies Report of Party iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEREA, Ohio) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel denied a report on Monday that he missed his treatment appointment with the team on Saturday because he threw a party with his teammates. The Browns had to send their security personnel to his home on Saturday morning after he failed to show up at team headquarters to have his injured hamstring worked on. He told the team that he had overslept. “I feel like because the perception that I base around myself, and I’ve done this to myself, that was allowed to be reported, and people were allowed to just nod their head and act like that went on, when in fact it was completely untrue,” Manziel said. The Browns suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon for the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens after he missed the team walk-through. Initial reports stated that Gordon was with Manziel at the party. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Hold Off Browns 20-10, Clinch Playoff Berth

Falcons Hold Off Browns 20-10, Clinch Playoff Berth Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years after a 20-10 win over the Browns on Sunday. Baltimore needed the Chiefs to beat the Chargers for them to get in and Kansas City handed San Diego a 19-7 loss. Joe Flacco tossed two touchdown passes and threw for 312 yards in the victory. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  
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