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Browns didn't formally interview Johnny Manziel at NFL combine

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Johnny Manziel didn't meet formally with Cleveland coach Mike Pettine at the combine. (USATSI)
Johnny Manziel didn't meet formally with Cleveland coach Mike Pettine at the combine. (USATSI)

Further pushing along the storyline that the Browns, who are picking No. 4 overall in the NFL draft, aren't interested in Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Plain Dealer talked to coach Mike Pettine about who the team interviewed at the NFL combine last month.

And guess who wasn't on that list?

Yes, it is interesting, but it also might be meaningless.

After all, the Browns only could interview a maximum of 60 athletes at the combine, and well, you can't just fit everybody into that timetable. Also, Manziel could travel to Cleveland and perform a private workout for the Browns. Or they could have talked to him informally in Indianapolis. Or they could gab with him at his pro day. Or they don't have to talk to him at all before possibly drafting him.

All of it means something, and none of it means anything. Because it's the NFL's silly season where smokescreens are created and so are the appearances of smokescreens. Either way, here's what Manziel had to say recently about the possibility of playing in Cleveland.

"If something happens, and it's the Cleveland Browns, I'm going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland," Manziel said. "I don't care if they've had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I'm going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl."

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