Johnny Manziel's future in the NFL is up in the air, especially since the Cleveland Browns have just hired new head coach Hue Jackson, who is looking to "move forward" with the team after evaluating the quarterback's abilities and indiscretions. Reports claim that the new coach and the owners of the team have had discussions this week concerning the young QB's place on the team and his contract.
During his first press conference after getting the job, Jackson was asked plenty of questions about Manziel, according to UPROXX. His answers focused on evaluating the QB's talent and weighing it against the off-field problems.
"I need to get in this building and have an opportunity to sit down and watch tape," the new coach said, according to ESPN. "I don't know Johnny personally. I know who he is, but at the same time I think I have to give everybody on our football team the fair opportunity to see who they are, to truly learn who they are and then make decisions from there."
When asked about Manziel's well publicized antics that took place off the field, Jackson simply responded: "I wasn't here to be a part of that. So obviously I can't speak to any of those [incidents]. I think what's important is that I evaluate him as a football player and then find out more about those things moving forward."
Even before the new coach was called in to take over, Manziel's future with the team was a major topic of discussion. Some reports linked the QB with the Dallas Cowboys, who had been dealing with an injured starting quarterback this season in Tony Romo. Read more about this news in our previous coverage here.