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Mike Zimmer: Johnny Manziel pro day was 'sideshow'

Johnny Manziel won't be on an NFL roster for more than a month, but he's already made some history. No other prospect has ever seen his pro day temporarily stopped for the arrival of a former U.S. President.

Manziel performed well on Thursday by all accounts, before and after George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara arrived on a golf cart. Manziel wore pads, camoflouge shorts and essentially created a mixtape to play during the session. His workout gear is already for sale.

"It was different. It was a different workout," Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Zimmer also called it a "sideshow" and "choreographed."

It's no surprise that some in the NFL would blanch at Manziel's approach. Professional football essentially is conservative, and Manziel decidedly is not.

While some folks may see the Manziel show as a circus, it's not going to slow down interest in him. Zimmer, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and general manager Rick Spielman are taking Manziel to dinner Thursday night, and will meet with him Friday.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" offers a full recap of the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, then proposes player moves that won't happen (but probably should).

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