Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam quickly dispelled a Monday morning report that he was responsible for choosing Johnny Manziel.
According to a report from ESPN Cleveland (WKNR 850 AM), the Browns originally planned to draft Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but just seconds before deadline a card with Bridgewater’s name was replaced with a card with Manziel’s.
Speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, Haslam denied it: “I thought it was very important that we take a quarterback this year," he said. "We picked the top-rated quarterback on our board when he was available. That was solely Ray's call, not my call.”