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Broncos HC Gary Kubiak Has Spoken With Johnny Manziel, Denver Has No Interest In Signing Him

Update:

Mike Klis of 9News reports that the Broncos have no plans to sign QB Johnny Manziel and the idea hasn’t even been discussed, even though HC Gary Kubiak reached out to him.

  • Troy Renck adds that the talks took place weeks ago, and confirms there’s no interest in signing him to a contract.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Broncos HC Gary Kubiak has spoken with with free agent QB Johnny Manziel following his release from the Browns.

According to Schefter, the Broncos want to see how his pending legal issues and potential NFL discipline are resolved before considering the idea of signing him to a contract.

Manziel is facing a misdemeanor assault charge, which carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Schefter writes that the NFL is expected to discipline Manziel, and a suspension is considered likely at this point in time.

In the event the Broncos do consider signing Manziel, they would likely only do so with stipulations that would include mandatory counseling and possible clinical work for Manziel. Schefter believes it could be weeks or months away before this is even a possibility.

Kubiak does have a relationship with Manziel, as they’re both Texas A&M alums, and Denver is clearly in the market for quarterback help.

Manziel recently hired Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent, and Rosenhaus wasted no time heading to the owners meeting trying to drum up some interest in the former first-round pick. Rosenhaus previously mentioned there is some interest from NFL teams in his client, per Armando Salguero.

It’s worth mentioning that signing Manziel to a contract wouldn’t factor into a team’s 2017 compensatory picks.

Manziel, 23, was in the second year of his four-year, $8,247,250 rookie contract that included $6,702,625 guaranteed when the Browns cut him loose at the start of the 2016 league year.

Manziel wound up clearing waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.

In 2015, Manziel appeared in nine games and thrown for 1,500 yards while completing 57.8 percent of his passes to go along with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manziel has also ran for 230 yards. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 31 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Manziel and a new opportunity as the news is available.