Johnny Manziel has a huge supporter in Jim Brown, but I’m just not sure it’s enough to keep the quarterback in Cleveland. Most pundits believe the Heisman Trophy winner wants out anyway.
The greatest Browns player of all time told Cleveland.com that he’d like the team to keep Manziel in the fold, and he explained why.
“To be honest, I don’t want to see him traded or anything like that,” Brown said at the 16th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.
“I just never feel that’s the answer to anything. But that’s my opinion and I don’t expect you to feel that way. I like Johnny.
“I don’t think that Johnny is a bad guy.
“But I think he needs someone to deal with him, give him an opportunity to be the nice Johnny, the intelligent Johnny. From all I hear, he should know what is right and wrong, etc. But we never know what is in the background of any of these youngsters.
“I like Johnny and I know a lot of kids that if you don’t know how to deal with them, you lose them.
“They don’t come ready made, but on the other hand the argument is he’s a man. He should know how to conduct himself. He has an opportunity and we’ve got all of that, but I like him and I hope they are able to relate and if they are able to relate then he will respect the coach.”
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has gone on record suggesting that the relationship may not be over. However, I just can’t see it continuing.