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- Updated: February 2, 2016
Johnny Manziel’s time with the Cleveland Browns will come to an end in March, according to league sources Tuesday. This comes after the Browns released a statement from new director of football operations Sashi Brown on Tuesday that expressed disappointment in Manziel but stopped short of saying the quarterback’s run in Cleveland is over.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization,” Brown said in the statement. “His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
The reference to league rules points to the fact that the Browns do not have the salary cap space to release Manziel on Feb. 8, the day after the Super Bowl and the first day they can do so. The move will take place when the new NFL year starts March 9, according to sources.
Releasing Manziel in February would count $4.6 million against the cap, and due to the cap’s machinations, the Browns do not have that space at this current time and will have such space at the end of February.