Johnny Manziel texted the Browns asking them to draft him

Johnny Manziel might actually be legitimately excited to play for the Browns. Huh?

5/16/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 9, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer (right) introduces Cleveland Browns first round draft pick Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) to the media at the Cleveland Browns Headquarters.  Browns general manager Ray Farmer is right of Manziel. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY SportsWhen a player is drafted by the Browns, the first thought is usually something along the lines of "aw, the poor guy."

Apparently this can't be said for Johnny Manziel, as it looks like he might actually have WANTED to go play for Cleveland.

According to an ESPN report, Manziel was texting the Browns QB coach during the draft, begging the team to take him soon.

During a radio interview on "SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly" on ESPN Arkansas 96.3, [Browns QB coach Dowell] Loggains said that as Manziel slid down the draft board, he sent him a text that read: "I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together."

Added Loggains: "When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner (Jimmy Haslam) and to the head coach (Mike Pettine). I'm like, 'This guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.' As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, 'Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.'

So it looks like Manziel either really wants to play for Cleveland, as unimaginable as that sounds, or he might have thought the Browns were the only team that still had him even slightly high on their draft board.

Either way, it looks like Cleveland is where he actually wants to be. That's a bit perplexing, but hey... to each his own.
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5/17/14   |   w_g_walters   |   223 respect

"And with the latest pick, the Cleveland Browns pick . . . you!"
"I withdraw from the draft."

This is proof that Manziel is an ego. He won't last three years. He's trained for the college game, just like Tebow was, and won't be able to finish the transition. Sorry, Cleveland.

Anybody for a good NFL playbook thumping?