Saints head coach Sean Payton suggested the team doesn't expect to sign Manziel, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports. Payton and Manziel met for lunch last week, which led to rumors that the Saints are interested in signing the 24-year-old quarterback as a potential long-term successor to Drew Brees. The more likely scenario is that Manziel simply wanted to talk with a respected figure in the league about what he would have to do to get his career back on track. If he does end up signing with a team before the season, it'll likely be as a developmental project looking toward 2018 and beyond. Manziel also would need to serve a four-game suspension for his last violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Manziel met with Saints head coach Sean Payton to discuss a possible return to football, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. This doesn't mean the Saints have any interest in Manziel, who was released by the Browns last March and spent 2016 out of the NFL. The 24-year-old quarterback likely sought out Payton's advice because the veteran coach is a well-known, respected figure around the league. If he does in fact catch on with a team, Manziel will still need to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Any interested teams likely would view him as a developmental project more so than a potential 2017 contributor.
The NFL has suspended Manziel four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN.com reports. Manziel, who was released by the Browns back in March, remains a free agent, with off-field concerns continuing to cloud his NFL future. In any case, the QB won't be eligible to suit up in the NFL to start the 2016 season and at this stage it remains to be seen if/when he'll be afforded an opportunity to do so.
Manziel will be indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a Jan. 29 incident where Manziel allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, WFAA.com reports. Manziel might not see jail time for this, but by now his reputation is fractured to the point that there just isn't a obvious way for him to get his NFL career back on track. Agent Drew Rosenhaus isn't known for being especially scrupulous with who he takes on as clients -- he represents Greg Hardy, after all -- but Rosenhaus dropped Manziel earlier in April, giving reason to doubt any recent progress on Manziel's part. Manziel arguably wouldn't be much of a prospect at this point even if his character were entirely clean, so the fact that he carries an exceptionally disturbing history makes him appear unlikely to see the field from this point.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus has reportedly terminated his representation of Manziel, ESPN.com reports. Rosenhaus' decision to cut ties with the QB represents the second time in two months that an agent has parted ways with Manziel. The 23-year-old's stint with the Browns was marked by flashes of on-field potential, but off-field issues cloud his NFL future, with the 2014 first-rounder remaining a free agent at this time.
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