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07/16/17 - QB Johnny Manziel is "really hopeful" of a second chance in the NFL. The 24-year-old Manziel sat out the entire 2016 season after being cut by the Cleveland Browns, but he said he had a couple of conversations with teams about returning to the league.
"I know the situation that I put myself in," Manziel told the Dallas Morning News on Saturday at the fantasy football convention in Dallas. "I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I'm hopeful. I'm really hopeful. I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we'll see. Whenever I get a call, I'll do whatever I can to make the most of it."
Manziel was the 22nd overall selection by the Browns in 2014 and he eventually wore out his welcome. He won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012 but couldn't match his college success during his stint with the Browns. He appeared in 14 games and passed for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions and Cleveland won only two of his eight starts.
02/28/17 - QB Johnny Manziel promised a judge that his life is "trending upward" on Tuesday despite recently missing a deadline for updating his progress on meeting conditions regarding his domestic violence case.
Manziel was warned by Dallas judge Roberto Canas that a jury trial might decide his fate if a November deal is revoked due to Manziel failing to meet the conditions.
The plea deal required Manziel to undergo counseling and have his conduct monitored by prosecutors. If he meets the conditions for one year, misdemeanor charges that he hit and threatened former girlfriend Colleen Crowley on Jan. 29, 2016, will be dismissed.
The charge carried a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
01/20/17 - QB Johnny Manziel says he is sober and determined to resume his career in the NFL.
Manziel told ESPN on Friday that he achieved sobriety without professional help and is focused on becoming a better person. The former member of the Cleveland Browns said he appreciates all the people who helped him "during the truly rough patches" in 2016.
12/02/16 - QB Johnny Manziel finalized a plea deal with prosecutors on his domestic violence case Friday. The Dallas County District Attorney's Office said Friday that Manziel must meet certain conditions for a year before the misdemeanor charge of hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley will be dismissed. The conditional agreement requires Manziel to undergo counseling and have his conduct monitored by prosecutors. Manziel would be prosecuted for the assault charge, which carries up to a year in jail, if he fails to meet the terms of the deal. "A conditional dismissal agreement is only the beginning of the process of educating an individual on how to make better choices when facing conflict," the Dallas County District Attorney's office said in a statement to USA Today.
11/29/16 - QB Johnny Manziel is being sued for up to $1 million in damages by a bartending assistant after allegedly breaking his nose on Sept. 6. Eric Newton filed a lawsuit against Manziel in Travis County, Texas on Monday, stemming from an incident at a private party. Manziel was irate after hearing negative comments about himself and charged Newton and punched him in the face and broke Newton's nose. Manziel reportedly fled out of a back exit.