Johnny Manziel promises 'I'll be back' because 'it can't end like this'

Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel continued to re-emerge in the public eye as part of an interesting attempt to make a comeback as an NFL quarterback.

Manziel, who promised he was going sober on July 1, broke his public silence in a statement to Kent Babb of the Washington Post.

"I'm actually doing well. I have good friends around me supporting what I do and I try to support them in what they want to do," Manziel said.

Manziel is ramping up on social media as well, retweeting a post he was tagged in by the Texas A&M football account Monday.

Then the former first-round pick and Heisman Trophy winner posted a video of himself on Instagram with a caption:

You all write about a day in my life and what goes on...here it is. No secrets, no hiding, I''m not what you read about. I'll be back... In time. It can't end like this...it won't. I love you all even though your comments suck.

So, yeah, this probably isn't the last we've heard of Johnny Manziel.

It also appears Manziel might be making a future media appearance, with the Browns QB going back and forth with Dan Katz (aka "Big Cat") of Barstool Sports about an appearance on the "Pardon My Take" podcast.


The problem for Manziel is he's facing a four-game suspension should he ever get back in the NFL. A team willing to take a chance on him actually getting in game shape and actually being mentally prepared to play quarterback in the NFL still has to deal with the discipline the league office handed down this offseason.

He's also dealing with a misdemeanor assault charge that has yet to be finalized in the Texas legal system.

All of this is an improvement over Manziel partying in Cabo while wearing a Josh Gordon jersey and mocking his own dad on Instagram. But it's hard to look at his situation and believe there's any immediate clarity on the NFL front because of the timing (training camps are around the corner) and uphill climb he faces on so many different fronts.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

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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