Through some strategic movement via trade, and some luck with teams passing along the way, the Cleveland Browns were able to get the quarterback they wanted all along in the NFL Draft last month when they selected the polarizing Johnny Manziel with the no. 22 overall pick.
On Tuesday, Manziel became one of the last rookies to sign with his NFL team as he and the Browns agreed to his four-year rookie deal.
Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner out of Texas A&M, became quite possibly the most watched college football player in the history of the sport, mainly because of the way he acted off the field, rather than how he performed on it.
Breaking: Browns have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel pic.twitter.com/qIaRCAXCIV
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 17, 2014
As of this point, Manziel is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer throughout the summer in Cleveland for the starting QB gig. With Hoyer starting a few games last season before injury sidelined him, he has the experience nod over Manziel, so while some people just loathe seeing Manziel being in the spotlight, he’s going to be involved in one of the most watched quarterback battles of the summer.
While Hoyer may have the experience, Manziel brings the versatility edge to the table, because of what he can do with his legs.
During that Heisman campaign of 2012, Johnny Football rushed for an eye-popping 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns, while throwing for 3,706 yards and 26 scores.
Now, with the contract in place, the quarterback battle in Cleveland to see of they can finally get themselves a franchise QB is officially set to begin.