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Haslam: Browns' relationship with Manziel can be fixed

  • By Andie Hagemann NFL.com
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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not ready to divulge the team's plans for Johnny Manziel.

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Browns head coach Hue Jackson said at the Senior Bowl that he has not spoken to Manziel nor has the quarterback reached out to his new coach. Haslam weighed in on Jackson's comments and whether the team's relationship can still be repaired.

"Oh, yeah, I don't think there's any question about that," Haslam said at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards per the Akron Beacon Journal. "We talked to Johnny before he left (for the offseason). I know a big deal was made that Hue hasn't called Johnny yet. Well, we've got 53 players on the active (roster) and 10 more, and there were a couple of other real prominent players he just talked to in the last day or two. So I'm sure he'll get around to talking to him."

Haslam added that he has exchanged text messages with Manziel this offseason but did not disclose what the conversations entailed.

"I think Johnny made progress on the field last year. I think that's undeniable," Haslam said. "We have a certain expectation for our players and that includes Johnny, and he's got to live up to those expectations."

Browns legend Jim Brown also voiced his opinion on Manziel at Thursday's event.

"To be honest, I don't want to see him traded or anything like that," Brown said per The Plain Dealer. "I just never feel that's the answer to anything. But that's my opinion and I don't expect you to feel that way. I like Johnny.

"I like Johnny and I know a lot of kids that if you don't know how to deal with them, you lose them. They don't come ready made, but on the other hand the argument is he's a man. He should know how to conduct himself. He has an opportunity and we've got all that, but I like him and I hope they are able to relate then he will respect the coach."

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