Johnny Football’s career is plummeting off the cliff as we speak. The disgraced quarterback is on a path that ends with him either behind bars, out of work or dead – there is no other way to dress the scenario up. With revelations emerging that the player refused to entered rehabilitation for his drug and alcohol addiction, the picture for Manziel became bleaker when news broke that he assaulted his girlfriend Colleen Crowley.
He exhausted all the patience and goodwill the Cleveland Browns could carry until they pulled the plug. Even for an ailing franchise that desperately needs all the talent on the books they can get, the time for action came and a line had to be drawn in the sand. It is one thing to be the national punch line in the NFL, it’s another to have the brand tarnished and embarrassed by the off-field exploits of your supposed “star player” and quarterback.
The media has analyzed and picked apart his fall from grace. The common consensus on Manziel’s immediate future has nothing to do with football, even if he is fortunate enough to avoid a jail cell. 2016 is too soon for the 23-year old to be playing football, particularly at NFL level. Without the urgent need to address his alcohol and behavioral issues, coming back into an environment of pressure will only exacerbate the problem further.
It is stating the obvious that any franchise would be best advised to steer well clear of any approach to sign the troubled footballer. Of his brief time in the spotlight he’s managed to anger a whole host of people in the industry with abhorrent conduct that verges on the moronic to the downright scandalous. But this is the NFL we’re talking about – giving second, third and fourth chances to these individuals is part of the business model.
If, by a miracle, Manziel straightened his attitude and actually acted like a professional then his talent would open doors to a return to the game. This would not necessarily mean the NFL directly, although the alternatives are quite limited on an international scale. Other struggling franchises will see the talent to mold into something special; others already have a strong culture and can use a back up.
However much he’s hated in the sport, and all for good reason, it is unlikely we’ve seen the last of Manziel on a football field. Here are 15 possible future destinations for the quarterback.
15 New England Patriots
14 Chicago Bears
13 Philadelphia Eagles
12 Houston Texans
11 Denver Broncos
10 Tennessee Titans
9 Jacksonville Jaguars
8 Saskatchewan Roughriders
7 San Diego Chargers
6 New York Jets
5 Calgary Stampeders
4 Los Angeles Rams
3 San Francisco 49ers
2 Toronto Argonauts
1 Dallas Cowboys
It is the move his heart desires. Given Manziel’s attitude and conduct, giving him what he wants seems akin to gifting a spoiled brat the toy he wants after crying and chucking a tantrum in the middle of the store. Tony Romo’s injury concerns won’t go away and with the problems brought about by Dez Bryant and Greg Hardy, the Cowboys organization are not immune to a dose of controversy. If anyone looks stupid enough to gamble on Johnny it could be Dallas. If it happens they cannot cry foul if and when it turns sour. Buyer be warned!
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