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Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football was the biggest story going into the NFL and it seems that he will be the biggest story of the year, regardless of how the Cleveland Browns play or whether or not he wins the starting position at quarterback during training camp.
Taken at the 22nd position in the draft, the Browns traded up to get him. And according to people from the Browns organization, the move came after a text message that Manziel sent Cleveland quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
According to Loggains, he was texting back and forth with Manziel while the quarterback was waiting nervously in the green room to be picked. Manziel then sent him a text stating that he hopes that they trade up and come get him, adding that he wants to be in Cleveland and “wreck this league together.”
Loggains said that when he got this text, he told Browns head coach Mike Pettine that this is a guy that wants to be here, and encouraged him to make the trade to move up and get him before another team, most probably the Minnesota Vikings, drafted him.
As soon as the word of the text got to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, the organization decided that it was time to pull the trigger and get Manziel.
This is encouraging news for the Browns’ fan base. If the words of Manziel are indeed true, he really wants to play for the organization, despite the fact that Cleveland are perennial losers and that they have not had a drafted quarterback pan out for them in over 15 years.
Manziel did say just that in an interview before the draft, stating that if the Browns pick him, he wants to try and bring a Super Bowl trophy to Cleveland. He also added that he doesn’t care if they have had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999; he wants to be the 21st if they believe in him.
Many are concerned that perhaps Haslam might have had too much of a say recently in building the team, but if Manziel ends up working out for the organization, he surely won’t be seeing any criticism from the fan base for making the move and pulling the trigger to draft Manziel.