Saints Head Coach and Johnny Manziel Discuss His Return to Football
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Johnny Manziel reportedly spoke about the quarterback’s return to football over breakfast during Super Bowl week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
FA QB Johnny Manziel has kept a low-profile as he trains for a return. #Saints coach Sean Payton appears to have taken an interest in him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2017
Manziel, 24, was cut by the Browns in March 2016 after playing poorly for the team, combined with his legal issues and litany of off-field distractions. He still hasn’t signed with a team and is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL when he returns for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Manziel’s domestic violence case involving his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, is also still being reviewed by the league and could potentially lead to an additional suspension. Manziel will have the misdemeanor charge dismissed, however, so long as he goes to both anger management classes and a substance abuse program, among other conditions of the agreement.
On the field, the young quarterback was considered a dual-threat, gunslinging option coming into the league, though he threw for just 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions over 14 games in two years. He also rushed for 259 yards and another score. But he struggled making reads at the NFL level and remaining patient in the pocket, and his freelancing abilities that made him so exciting never quite translated to the NFL level.
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Source: Bleacher Report | Timothy Rapp