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Report: Cleveland Browns brass likes Johnny Manziel

Just a day after the NFL regular season ended, an inkling or two about the potential draft fate of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel points to the possibility of Johnny Football landing with the Cleveland Browns.

While the firing of coach Rob Chudzinski has created turbulence in the Browns' locker room, it also might have opened the door for a more Manziel-friendly coach at the team's helm, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King. This from King's latest column:

Silver: Chud firing infuriates Browns
In the wake of Rob 
Chudzinski's abrupt firing, numerous Browns players vent their frustrations to Michael Silver. READ

"... If they kept Chudzinski, they'd be asking him to develop the next quarterback, along with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. What if there was a disconnect between the quarterback the front office wanted (I hear Cleveland really likes Johnny Manziel, who is not the Aikmanish pocket passer more to Turner's liking) and the one the coaches preferred? If they made a clean break now, they wouldn't be delaying what they felt was inevitable."

That's not the only clue, however.

The Browns' loss to Pittsburgh Sunday secured the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes a glaring need at the position for Cleveland.

"I will be very surprised if this selection is anything other than a quarterback," Jeremiah writes in his latest assessment of each team's draft needs.

The Browns will be in Atlanta tomorrow for what NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt has learned will be Manziel's final college game:

If there's one thing Cleveland needs along with a new coach and quarterback who can win, it's some excitement for downtrodden fans who need a better reason to fill FirstEnergy Stadium in freezing temperatures.

Manziel oozes excitement.

And if the tea leaves spell anything, he might be oozing it for the Browns' new coach next season.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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