There has been speculation that the Cleveland Browns could decide to trade quarterback Johnny Manziel this coming offseason after he continued to put himself in a negative spotlight off the field this season after going to rehab.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported on Thursday that one team executive could see the Browns getting a fourth round pick for Manziel.
The same team executive said the Browns can probably eventually entice Jones to offer a conditional fourth-round draft pick for Manziel, even with the knowledge that the former Texas A&M quarterback was the top-rated player on the Cowboys’ board in 2014. Jones also showed everyone he was thinking team ahead of heart when he relented to select Notre Dame guard Zack Martin, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
A conditional fourth round pick seems pretty fair. It would essentially mean that if Manziel doesn’t pan out, the pick could end up being a fifth rounder of lower. And if all goes well, the Browns could get the fourth rounder.
While Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer were the guys that drafted Manziel, it’s become clear that head coach Mike Pettine is sick of his lack of maturity and would like to go in another direction.