Browns send clear indication they plan on releasing Johnny Manziel

It only feels like a matter of time before the Cleveland Browns move on from Johnny Manziel. In the wake of Manziel's latest run-in with authorities, Sashi Brown, the team's executive VP, issued a terse statement that offers a clue into just how long Manziel has left on Cleveland's roster.

(Hint: Not very long.)

"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. "His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time."

That statement sure reads like "as soon as we can cut Johnny we're cutting him." CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirms as much, saying Cleveland will deal with Manziel after the Super Bowl when teams can formally waive players. 

It's possible the Browns hold out hope Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will give them something (a fifth-round pick?) for the young quarterback. But multiple reports out of Cleveland indicate it's only a matter of time until Manziel is gone. 

ESPN's Pat McManamon, according to a source, reports the Browns plan to release Manziel when the new NFL year starts March 9

From McManamon's report: 

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 the source. 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 -- and will not have it in February. The cap will increase in March, which will allow them to release Manziel then.

At this point it feels like the Browns are sick of Manziel pulling a Costanza by riding around in the parking lot and just trying to get fired.

Manziel appeared in more videos out on the town in Dallas, then he was involved in an alleged altercation with his girlfriend which required a helicopter to try to locate his whereabouts

There's a very good chance the tenure of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland is over except for the paper work. 

Time for Johnny to go bye, bye? (USATSI)
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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