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Polian: Peyton Manning Qualified To Immediately Become NFL GM

Feb 10, 2016 8:31 PM

Bill Polian believes Peyton Manning is qualified to immediately become an NFL general manager.

"I believe he could very quickly fill the role that John Elway fills with the Broncos," Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian told SiriusXM NFL Radio, per "The reason I say that is, during our 14 years together in Indianapolis, he would often discuss with me prospects coming out in the draft, SEC players he'd seen, players he'd seen in other parts of the country. He pays close attention to the rosters of the other players in the league, with specific attention to the AFC."

Said Polian: "He knew the strengths and weaknesses of every player on every defense in the AFC and many on offense, because he met them and got to know them at the Pro Bowl and soaked up information. He is a football nerd, as am I. He's more than prepared to do that job."

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns have been linked to working with Manning once he retires.

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Browns Deny Lying About Manziel Concussion To Cover Up His Drinking

Feb 9, 2016 4:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns denied a report that they "lied" about Johnny Manziel experiencing concussion symptoms before the season finale to cover up for him showing up drunk to a team meeting.

One well-placed Browns source who had contact with Manziel that day told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he "was heavily hung over on something."

An independent neurologist diagnosed Manziel with a concussion four days before the 2015 season finale, the Browns said Tuesday. 

The statement from the Browns came in response to an NFL Network report that the Browns "lied" about the concussion to protect Manziel because he was drinking heavily and had showed up for a team meeting inebriated.

"Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms," a statement released by the team said. "He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league's concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist."

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Johnny Manziel Allegedly Struck Ex-Girlfriend Multiple Times

Feb 4, 2016 6:09 PM

Colleen Crowley told Fort Worth Police that Johnny Manziel struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs.

Police were called to investigate the incident last week.

Crowley has also asked for an order of protection from Manziel.

Crowley jumped out of a car to avoid Manziel but he followed her as she attempted to hid in nearby bushes.

“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself,” Crowley reportedly told police. “He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later.”

Crowley told police she feared Manziel had been on drugs and that he’d threatened “to kill us both.”

Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns in March when the 2016 NFL calendar year begins.

Manziel pressed her head against a window in October and the NFL investigated and did not discipline him.

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Johnny Manziel Believes Cowboys, Rams, Chiefs Interested

Feb 2, 2016 8:24 PM

Johnny Manziel has reportedly told people that the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs have interest in signing him.

Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns as soon as the NFL calendar year of 2016 begins.

The Rams had draft interest in Manziel, while Ed Werder reports the Chiefs have no interest.

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Browns To Cut Johnny Manziel

Feb 2, 2016 1:11 PM

Johnny Manziel will be cut by the Cleveland Browns when the NFL's 2016 calendar begins on March 9th.

The Browns need to wait until the new calendar begins because they have no cap space to absorb his cap hit.

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown released a statement Tuesday regarding Manziel's most recent off-field incident.

"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field," Brown said. "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. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time."

Manziel is being investigated for an alleged incident with a 23-year-old female, the Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement on Saturday. 

The complainant stated that she was involved in a disturbance with Manziel, her ex-boyfriend, earlier in the evening in Dallas.


Manziel has had a number of off the field incidents during his tenure with the Browns.

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Browns, Chargers, Cowboys Could Select QB At Top Of Draft

Jan 31, 2016 1:21 PM

With high picks in the draft, the Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys could each consider investing in a quarterback.

"If you're looking for a quarterback in that top 10, (picks) two, three and four have got to be locked in," Mike Mayock said on Saturday during the NFL Network's broadcast of the Reese's Senior Bowl. "Two with Cleveland, three with San Diego. Philip Rivers is one of my favorites of all-time, but remember they took Rivers when they had (Drew) Brees. And No. 4, Dallas has got to be looking, also."

Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch are considered the top quarterbacks.

"I look at Dallas at No. 4 and as much you love Tony Romo, three years in a row he's not been able to play 16 games," Mayock said. "He's 36 years old. At what point -- you're not going to be drafting that high again -- at what point do you pull the trigger? San Diego, same thing. Cleveland's got to get a quarterback. Philadelphia's sitting there at (pick) No. 13 saying 'My guy might not get to me anymore.'"

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Police Called To Investigate Johnny Manziel On Incident With Woman

Jan 30, 2016 3:56 PM

Johnny Manziel was involved in an incident that required the police to investigate.

Fort Worth police said in a statement Saturday that officers were called to an apartment building around 2 a.m. about a possible assault. Police talked to a 23-year-old woman, who was not the caller, who said she had been involved in an incident earlier in the evening with her ex-boyfriend in Dallas. A preliminary investigation determined that a possible assault had occurred, though the woman refused to cooperate with officers and there was no evidence of a crime scene.

The woman also told officers she was concerned about her ex-boyfriend's welfare. Police officers attempted to locate him and later determined that he was safe and not in danger.


It was later confirmed Manziel was the man involved.

When asked about the incident by ESPN, the Browns said they would have no comment at this time. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN the league was aware of the incident and "looking into it.''


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Browns Won't Rush Decision On Johnny Manziel

Jan 21, 2016 3:17 PM

The Cleveland Browns won't rush into a decision on the future of Johnny Manziel.

Sashi Brown said the team still does not know where Manziel was the final weekend of the regular season because the Browns had been more focused on hiring a coach and vice president of player personnel.

"We don't know where Johnny was," Brown said. "... I don't know where Johnny was the final game of the season."

According to the USA Today, Manziel was in Las Vegas the night before the Browns' final game of the season.

The team will sit down with Manziel "at the appropriate time" for a conversation, Brown said.

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Josh Gordon Applies For Reinstatement To NFL

Jan 20, 2016 12:38 PM

Josh Gordon has officially applied for reinstatement with the NFL.

Gordon was suspended on Feb. 3, 2015 for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. The terms of the suspension allow the wideout to apply for reinstatement as early as 60 days prior to the one-year anniversary of the date of his ban.

Gordon was given an indefinite suspension after his third volition. He failed a test for alcohol following the 2014 season, after serving a 10-game ban for a DWI arrest.

Gordon has been one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers when on the field.


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Hue Jackson: Browns Need 'To Go Get' QB At No. 2
Cal's Jared Goff, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch of Memphis are atop most team's boards at quarterback.

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Browns Could Be Interested In Colin Kaepernick
Hue Jackson has been public with his fondness for Colin Kaepernick in the past and stated the Oakland Raiders strongly considered moving up to draft him in 2011.

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Browns Likely To Move On From Johnny Manziel
The tenure of Johnny Manziel with the Browns will likely come to an end with the hiring of Hue Jackson.

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Hue Jackson Accepts Head Coaching Job With Browns
He Jackson was also a strong candidate with the 49ers but will have more personnel control with the Browns.

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LeBron James' Marketing Firm Drops Johnny Manziel
LeBron James' LRMR marketing agency has ended its "formal business relationship" with Johnny Manziel.

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Hue Jackson Schedules Interview With Browns
Hue Jackson has been the offensive coordinator for the Bengals over the past two seasons and helped elevate the game of Andy Dalton.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Johnny Manziel Wore Blonde Wig, Called Himself 'Billy' In Vegas
Johnny Manziel reportedly wore a blonde wig, fake mustache, glasses and a hoodie in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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Mets' Paul DePodesta Hired By Browns As Chief Strategy Officer
Paul DePodesta will be above newly hired Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown in the organizational hierarchy and will report to Jimmy Haslem and team president Alec Scheiner.

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Giants, 49ers, Browns, Titans Interested In Chip Kelly
The Giants would offer Chip Kelly the opportunity to remain in the NFC East.

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Titans, Browns, Chargers Own Top-3 Picks In 2016 NFL Draft
The Titans will own the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft one season after drafting second overall.

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Doug Marrone To Interview With Browns
Jimmy Haslam wanted to hire Doug Marrone before he took the Bills job in 2013.


Browns Fire Mike Pettine, Ray Farmer
The Browns announced Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer's dismissals shortly after a 28-12 home loss to the Steelers.


Johnny Manziel Reportedly In Vegas On Eve Of Browns' 2015 Finale
Johnny Manziel started six games in his second season with the Browns but was ruled out of Sunday's game on Thursday.

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Browns Plan On Firing Mike Pettine, Ray Farmer
The Browns have gone 10-21 under the stewardship of Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer.

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Johnny Manziel Being Evaluated For Possible Concussion
A Christmas eve video that appeared to show Johnny Manziel getting festive with a can of Four Loko.

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Manziel Holds No Grudges Against Pettine, Wants Him Back In 2016
Johnny Manziel and Mike Pettine have had a tenuous relationship this season with his off-field incidents.

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Titans, Browns, Chargers In Three-Team Race For First Overall Pick
The first tiebreaker for the draft order is strength of schedule.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Bruce Arians Was Snubbed By Bears, Eagles, Browns, Chargers
Bruce Arians should have been one of the strongest head coaching candidates in 2013.

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