Cleveland Browns cut troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel

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(The Sports Xchange) - The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland is over after two seasons of off-field and on-field struggles for the troubled quarterback.

In a move that was expected two days ago, the Browns officially waived Manziel on Friday.

Manziel, who was selected by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was expected to be released when the new league year began on Wednesday but he remained on the team's roster.

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FILE - in this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field at halftime of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. The Browns said in a statement, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, that Manziel's troubles off the field have undermined his teammates and the organization. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members following the team's 30-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game in Seattle. The Browns said in a statement, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, that Manziel's troubles off the field have undermined his teammates and the organization. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle. Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs. Fort Worth police released a report Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 that provided the first details of the altercation Saturday night between Manziel and Colleen Crowley. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates after a 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Cleveland. Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend that police say involved alcohol, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football training camp scrimmage game Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel addresses the media after NFL football minicamp in Berea, Ohio, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks to the locker room after practice at NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel calls a play during NFL football minicamp in Berea, Ohio, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, hands a football back to Carter Atwater, 5, from Rocky River, Ohio after signing it after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on prior to the star of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns laughs while stretching prior to a game against the Tennessee Titans on September 20, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 28-14. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns listens to Joe Haden #23 on the sideline during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns runs out of the tackle of safety Coty Sensabaugh #24 of the Tennessee Titans during a game on September 20, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 28-14. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 30-9. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 07: Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel at Kyle Field on November 7, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 13, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns awaits the snap during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 13, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 24-10. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - DECEMBER 11, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns walks onto the field during a practice on December 11, 2015 at the Cleveland Browns traininst facility in Berea, Ohio. Cleveland will host the San Francisco 49ers on December 13 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 30-9. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns rushes against defensive end Cassius Marsh #91 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Browns 30-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Browns reportedly kept the 23-year-old Manziel for a few days on the chance that a team offered them a conditional late-round pick in a trade.

As many as three teams were interested in Manziel, according to Cleveland.com. One report had San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wanting to play in Cleveland.

Manziel appeared in 14 games with eight starts over two seasons. The Texas A&M product and former Heisman Trophy winner completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 259 rushing yards and one score.

Last season, Manziel started six games, appearing in nine total, and threw for 1,500 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions and had six fumbles, while adding 230 rushing yards. He had only two victories as a starter.

Manziel leaves with two years remaining on his four-year, $8,248,596 contract -- $7,998,596 of which was guaranteed.

The Browns still owe Manziel guaranteed base salaries in 2016 and 2017 of $1,169,872 and $1,004,125, respectively.

There were reports the Browns were waiting for an opportunity to void Manziel's remaining guaranteed money because he could be suspended by the NFL for his latest off-field incident -- a domestic violence case against his ex-girlfriend in Dallas last month.

Manziel was not in the plans of the franchise under the direction of vice president Sashi Brown and new Browns coach Hue Jackson, who said last month the Browns were "moving on from those types of situations."

Manziel was given a shot to earn the starting job by the Browns but during the team's bye week a video emerged showing the quarterback at a party, which drew the ire of the franchise. Rather than starting on "Monday Night Football" at Baltimore coming off of two weeks to prepare, Manziel was benched and inactive for that game.

Manziel finished the season away from the team. While the Browns were on the field for Week 17, Manziel was nowhere to be found and spent the day before in Las Vegas.

Manziel's father said last month that his son would not follow the suggestion from the family to return to rehab.

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