Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for directing a middle-finger salute at Washington’s bench Monday night in a preseason game, a source familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal on Friday.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the NFL has yet to announce the fine. ESPN and NFL Network first reported the fine Friday morning.
Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, is still contemplating whether he will appeal the fine, according to NFL Network’s report. The fine, which is more than the league's $11,025 minimum for the offense, could be reduced to 25 percent of Manziel's weekly check, or about $6,000, if he he were to win an appeal.
“I get words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week,” Manziel said Monday night. “I should’ve been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game. The cameras were probably solidly on me, so I just need to be smarter about that.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine is not ruling out the possibility of eventually working backup rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel into games by using a special package of plays designed for him.
Last month, Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also left the door open for such a scenario.
During an interview Friday morning with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pettine was asked how he would keep Manziel ready to play despite sitting behind Brian Hoyer, whom the Browns named their starting quarterback over Johnny Football on Wednesday.
"I just think in the NFL, you do yourself a disservice if you don't have two quarterbacks ready," Pettine said. "People have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for [Manziel]. That is on the table. I don't know if that's anything that we want to commit to just now 'cause I think Brian because of the competition is a little bit behind with the chemistry and continuity in working with the first group. I think that's something that we could potentially look at down the road. But it's been a long time in Cleveland since two quarterbacks, for whatever reason, haven't had to play during the season."To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On how much he hopes this decision will ease whatever burden might have been on QB Brian Hoyer during this whole competition: “Yeah, I think that’s part of it. I think he’s handled it well. I think if you asked him, there was some stress there, but that’s part of football. We want to distress our guys. We wanted to put them in tough situations. We talk to the team all the time about mental toughness and dealing with adverse conditions. That was something that they went through and had to deal with, and I think it will only make them stronger.”
On if he thinks everyone underestimated how much stress was put on Hoyer between battling for the starting job and trying to come back from injury: “I think the injury was a big part of it. I mean, he’s really – he hasn’t had that many true reps with a live pass-rush. I think anybody – it took (WR) Travis (Benjamin) some time to get back, (WR) Charles (Johnson) some time to really start to feel it. I don’t think it’s any different at the quarterback spot.”To read more or comment...