May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures on stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings had offer to draft Manziel, got outbid by mystery team

We all know hat the Minnesota Vikings had a trade offer in during Thursday’s NFL Draft to move up and select Johnny Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick. But what we didn’t know is that the Vikings were not the team that finished second in the bidding and were instead beaten by a mystery team.

Per Peter King in his MMQB column:

Though it was reported by Jay Glazer that the Vikings and Browns jousted for the 22nd pick (absolutely true), they were not alone. The source said that another team, not Minnesota, was the leader in the clubhouse when Eagles GM Howie Roseman told Cleveland GM Ray Farmer with three minutes left in the 10-minute draft period that he had to make a better offer than the one Cleveland had on the table.

Of course, it doesn’t matter who finished second, fifth or last as the Cleveland Browns submitted a bid at the last second that landed them the pick and Manziel.

It’s interesting to ponder who that mystery team was though, as it sounds like a team with a quarterback they’re happy with but wouldn’t mind replacing down the road — someone like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots or even the New York Jets.

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