Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing three sources with knowledge of the situation, reports that the Browns voided the remaining $2.173 million in guaranteed money included QB Johnny Manziel‘s rookie contract.
According to Florio, the NFLPA did not file a grievance in response to the Browns’ move. Florio takes this as a sign that this was considered an “open and shut” case.
Manziel’s remaining guarantees could be voided if he received a suspension under one of the league’s policies or by even by the team. Beyond that a failure or refusal to report to practice or a game or leaving the team without prior consent would also have voided the guaranteed money remaining in the deal.
Florio writes that the Browns may have made the case that Manziel’s decision to leave Cleveland for Las Vegas towards the end of last year was grounds for them to void the remaining guarantees.
Manziel told TMZ a few weeks ago that he plans to get sober and focus on preparing for another shot in the NFL.
However, the NFL handed down a four-game suspension to Manziel for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Although, Manziel wouldn’t have to serve the suspension if he misses the first four weeks of the 2016 season.
Reports have said that Manziel will likely focus on securing another opportunity next year.
Manziel, 23, was taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Browns. He was in the second year of his four-year, $8,247,250 rookie contract when the Browns cut him loose at the start of the 2016 league year.
Manziel wound up clearing waivers and has been an unrestricted free agent for months now.
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 as the news is available.