Fresh out of rehab, Johnny Manziel is all set to resume his football career with the Cleveland Browns. That process started Friday with a public statement from the second-year quarterback. Manziel thanked his friends and family for the support and apologized to his teammates, the fans and the Browns organization.
His full statement reads:
"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process. I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be."
The question ahead of Manziel now is whether or not his football playing days in Cleveland are over. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported earlier in April that there was a "90 percent" chance that the Browns were done with Manziel after a disappointing rookie season.
Cleveland signed Tampa Bay castoff Josh McCown in free agency last month. They've also been linked to various quarterbacks via the rumor mill, including an attempt to trade for Sam Bradford and whispers about possibly trading up in the NFL Draft to nab Marcus Mariota.
The Browns resume offseason activities next week.
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