Johnny Manziel's lawyer says QB is planning to play football in 2016

It looks like Johnny Manziel's offseason party tour might be over.

According to Manziel's lawyer, Jim Darnell, Johnny Football is planning to cut down on the partying so he can make a return to the NFL in 2016.

"His immediate plans are to start getting ready for football," Darnell told ESPN.com. "We're working on it."

If you think a 2016 return for Manziel sounds crazy, you're not the only one. A source close to Manziel told ESPN that the former Browns quarterback is being realistic about his chances and realizes that he might not be able to return to the NFL until 2017.

A 2017 return is probably a lot more realistic because Manziel has a few issues he'll probably need to take care of before getting back on the field. For one, Manziel was indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge back in April. Not only is that issue still hanging over his head, but the NFL is also investigating the incident, which could lead to a suspension.

Will Johnny Football be making an NFL return in 2016? USATSI

That's not the only legal issue Manziel's dealing with, either.

Johnny Football is also facing a $40,000 lawsuit that stems from an early April incident where he allegedly trashed a $4.5 million rental home in Los Angeles.

Also hurting his chances of a possible NFL return is the fact that he doesn't have an agent -- he's been fired twice since February. It probably also doesn't help that Manziel hasn't spent much time on a football field since being cut by the Browns on March 11.

Over the past few months, Manziel has pretty much been doing everything but football.

Manziel's party schedule wouldn't be a big deal if he was done with football, but if he still wants to play, he's probably going to have to cut down on the clubbing, and anything else he's doing.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer, the man who drafted Manziel, called Johnny's current situation "tenuous" this week.

"I'm concerned for the person more than I am the player," Farmer said. "Whether Johnny plays another down in the National Football League is not my concern. I do hope the young man finds the help that he needs to put himself back together."

As for Johnny, he's been saying since April that he plans to play in 2016. The biggest problem for Manziel is going to be finding a team that's willing to take a chance on the high-risk player that he's become.

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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