Manziel released by Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns have made the widely anticipated move to release quarterback Johnny Manziel from his contract.

Selected with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 Draft by the Browns, Manziel's NFL career has been blighted by a string of off-field issues.

Cleveland reportedly waited until Friday to offload Manziel because the Browns were waiting to see if another team would trade for his services.

While the Browns played the waiting game, Manziel was spotted clubbing for four successive nights.

The former Heisman Trophy winner's personal life has spiralled out of control to the point where his father said he was not sure his son would live to see his 24th birthday.

Manziel is being investigated for an alleged domestic violence assault and, according to his father, is refusing to enter rehab.

In his 15 games for the Browns, Manziel threw for 1675 passing yards and seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also added 259 rushing yards and one score.

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