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Manziel urged Browns via text message at NFL Draft

Manziel Urged Browns Via Text


CLEVELAND (AP) -- 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 Saturday'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.

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Joe Dusse May 17 2014 at 6:03 AM

I have to agree with most of the blogs...the first time the offensive line collapses and there is nowhere to run, I hope someone has a mop to clean him up off the field after he gets flattened by a 350 lb lineman or 275 lb linebacker with an attitude or a psychotic, kamakazi, blitzing safety from his blind side. Just the hype surrounding this boy is going to make a veteran player want to send Johnny to school or back to school where he never should have left.

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Larry Joe Dusse May 17 2014 at 8:48 AM

Did they mop up Wilson or Brees? You guys don't think when you post.

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hugh4u2 May 17 2014 at 5:10 AM

Another waiste by the Clowns, Colt McCoy, Brady Quin, Brandon weeden and the list goes on and on. Manzeil is never gonna make it in the NFL, he just wants paid. another bad pick.

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Larry hugh4u2 May 17 2014 at 8:56 AM

As a Browns hater your opinion doesn't carry much weight. None of the present people in charge of the Browns drafted any of those QBs but that seems to be lost on you. On top of that many teams miss before getting "their guy".

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Jim May 17 2014 at 12:45 AM

Daddy please take me please take me, pretty sad when you have to text a team to tell them to pick you. This kid was worried if the Browns didn't take him he slides to the 2nd round it isn't about money its about his way out of control inflated ego. The kid is a punk and will be a back up his entire career at best, he is a great college player but this is the NFL which means not for long.

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knightrang May 17 2014 at 12:55 AM

Rush to take him? They could of got him with the 4th pick and they didn't. They waited until the end of the first round because they knew he will still be there. No rush to me.

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blgsarafov May 17 2014 at 1:15 AM

why dont y'all stop hating and start congratulating the kid

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John blgsarafov May 17 2014 at 2:11 AM

because he's a conceited ass who is too full of himself to play as part of a team. I think that's a very good reason to "hate on him".

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mrytownusa1 May 17 2014 at 2:19 AM

They let this arrogant unproven idiot tell the Clowns staff including the owner what to do....this is only the begining with this POS. I guarantee this is going to be a total train wreck.....just wait until his own teamates start sacking this smartass.

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breezejd38 May 17 2014 at 4:53 AM

Manzeil is a flash in the pan, look at his second year in the SEC.

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Dan Buswell May 17 2014 at 5:42 AM

johnny football, give me a break, this clown is so full of himself, his eyes have turn brown, because he is so full a s++t

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ep200 May 17 2014 at 6:53 AM

He should copyright the name "Johnny Concussion".

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biffcove May 16 2014 at 7:34 PM

Ready to see Clowney smash him!

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