Manziel released by Browns

The Cleveland Browns have waived quarterback Johnny Manziel after two troubled seasons with the franchise.

Manziel, 23, was drafted by the Browns with the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft but made only eight starts over his two years in Cleveland and made most of his headlines off the field.

The Browns had hoped to find a trading partner for Manziel, who won the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 2012 while playing college football for Texas A&M.

But a deal, most likely with the San Francisco 49ers, did not transpire in the first two days of the NFL's new season and Manziel was cut on Friday, allowing him to become a free agent – he will still receive more than $2m (£1.39m) in guaranteed money from the Browns over the next two years.

He said in a statement: "I'd like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me – nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland.

"I will always remember the support I received from the organisation, my team-mates and especially the fans."

Manziel completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games for Cleveland.

He was benched, and demoted to third string quarterback, in November last year after video emerged of Manziel partying during the team's bye week.

Manziel is also awaiting news whether he will be charged by a grand jury in Texas over an incident in January involving an assault on his former girlfriend.

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