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Browns owner denies influencing Manziel selection

By George Thomas Published: May 12, 2014

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.”

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