Johnny Manziel partying his way to Dallas Cowboys?

johnny-manziel-browns-starterJohnny Manziel has had quite a rollercoaster year for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel spent 10 offseason weeks in alcohol rehab, got pulled over by police for fighting with his girlfriend, and was suspended after an internet video surfaced of him partying. Now, another video has surfaced of Manziel partying before Christmas. So at this point, it must be asked whether or not the 23-year-old even wants to play for the Browns.

It’s very conceivable that Johnny Football could be partying his way out of Cleveland and towards his dream destination — the Dallas Cowboys. The idea was recently floated by NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, and it doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched theory.

“The Browns have made it clear that any more of these embarrassments will result in significant repercussions,” Florio said. “So what are they going to do about this one? Mike Pettine wasn’t even aware of the video yesterday when he had a conference call with reporters, but he made it clear that he’s going to watch the video and if necessary, talk to Johnny Manziel.”

Florio added, “At what point to we wonder if Johnny Manziel is doing this just to get what he really wants — a one-way ticket back to Texas. An opportunity to play for the Cowboys and to be groomed to become the future starting quarterback after Tony Romo is no longer playing.”

Manziel is a natural Cowboys fan, given that he played both high school and college football in Texas. But would he actually go so far as to try and force his way back to Dallas? Moreover, is Cleveland ready to make any such trade or completely cut ties with their first-round pick?

Cleveland Browns v Washington RedskinsIt’s tough to say at this point because the Browns don’t even look like they’re close to suspending Manziel for the latest internet video. What’s more is that Pettine indicated this video may be a different case than the previous one, where Manziel was filmed partying in Austin, Texas.

“These circumstances are different from the incident that occurred before,” Pettine explained. “I’m just not going to go into a ton of detail with it until I get a little bit more information about it, but it’s something that I’m sure privately we’ll discuss if it needs to be discussed.”

The Browns are currently trying to decide if Manziel can be a long-term solution at quarterback. He made strides on the field this year and competed with Josh McCown for the starting QB job, before getting hurt in the preseason. However, Manziel has now claimed the starting role and produced solid numbers for the most part.

He only threw for 136 yards and was picked off once against the Chiefs last Sunday; but he also racked up 108 rushing yards against one of the best defenses in the league. Manziel has also guided the team to two of their three wins in limited starts.

It seems that the talent is there for Manziel to be a good NFL quarterback. However, it’s the off-field issues that will force Cleveland to think long and hard about whether Manziel can truly be a franchise leader.

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