Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, denies a report from ESPN that Johnny Manziel and suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon are living together in Los Angeles. .
Instead, ESPN reports that Manziel is actually living with suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon in an apartment off of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Over the weekend, Manziel told TMZ that he was staying with Miller.
“I’m living out here with my guy, Von Miller. Everybody knows Von Miller. Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller, my brother. I’m living with him right now,” Manziel said on Saturday. “We’re getting our lives together, bro.”
This came after Miller mentioned that if the decision were up to him, the Broncos would have already signed Manziel.
“If I had to make my decision on it, he would already be with the Broncos” Miller said, via Travis Brown of MyAggieNation.com. “But we’ve got guys in the front office that make those decisions, and they’ve put us in the championship with those decisions.”
Broncos HC Gary Kubiak has spoken with Manziel following his release from the Browns, but reports have said that Denver has no interest in signing him.
The Browns are still waiting to hear whether Gordon will be instated, so assuming he’s actually living with Manziel, it’s unlikely they’ll be thrilled to hear that the player they took a cap hit to release is staying with their young receiver.
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.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Manziel to a contract wouldn’t factor into a team’s 2017 compensatory picks.
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.