Johnny Manziel becomes free agent after no one claims him off waivers

One day after his time in Cleveland came to a predictable close, Johnny Manziel is officially a free agent. On Saturday, Manziel cleared waivers, which should hardly come as a surprise to anyone.

And that makes Manziel eligible to sign with any team that'll take him, which figures to be the most difficult task of Manziel's career. Some might even call it impossible in the short-term future.

The Browns cut Manziel on Friday because his off-field troubles simply became too much for the team to handle. Manziel's issues go all the way back to this rookie season, and they persisted through his second year. His most recent incident involved an alleged assault of his then-girlfriend.

On the field, Manziel struggled to piece together consistent outings. In his career, Manziel's completed 57 percent of his passes, averaged 6.49 yards per attempt, compiled a TD/INT ratio of 7/7, and posted a quarterback rating of 74.4. Even if he showed signs of improvement near the end of the season, his issues will most likely make him unsignable.

After he was cut, Manziel released a short statement that didn't address his shaky future in the league. Manziel had been frequently connected to the Cowboys, but he no longer seems to have a chance to land in Dallas, according to a Dallas Morning News report.

As reported, the Browns are still on the hook for Manziel's contract. The money total exceeds $2 million.

Johnny Manziel is a free agent after clearing waivers. (USATSI)
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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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