Browns release QB Johnny Manziel after 2 troubling seasons

The team cut ties on Friday with the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner after two disappointing, drama-filled seasons

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) congratulates Johnny Manziel (2) after Manziel threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) congratulates Johnny Manziel (2) after Manziel threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Browns have released troublesome quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The team cut ties on Friday with the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner after two disappointing, drama-filled seasons. Manziel faces an uncertain future in the NFL and potential criminal charges in Texas following a domestic violence incident.

The Browns used a first-round pick in the 2014 draft to select Manziel, an electrifying star at Texas A&M who earned his “Johnny Football” nickname in college with side-armed throws and scrambles for touchdowns. But Manziel’s pro career has not gone well as he has become better known more for his excessive social life than anything else.

Manziel started just eight games for the Browns, who supported him through a lengthy stay in rehab last year but finally grew tired of his antics and are moving on.

He passed for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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