For the first time since the end of his rookie season, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel spoke with the media and talked about his future in the league following an extensive stint in rehab during his first full offseason as an NFL player. Manziel didn't talk a lot about his personal life, but suggested that the immaturity and all of his issues off the field are behind him.
"That chapter in my life is behind me at least," Manziel said, "So I'm moving forward."
Manziel voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient rehab facility in late January and after completing more than two months of treatment, he was released from rehab in April. At the time, the Browns maintained that they expected Manziel to take part in offseason workouts.
"I'm sitting here today, happy, looking forward to the future and just really excited for the season," he said. "To get into training camp, to get into preseason games, to get to play against other defenses again."
Josh McCown, who signed with the Browns in March, looks set to be the starting quarterback heading into next season. However, Manziel is being trusted to be McCown's primary backup and would be called on if the veteran McCown struggles.
"Last year was in my mind, for me personally, a disaster," Manziel said. "I didn't come out and perform."
After the Browns selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel lost out on the starting job to Brian Hoyer. Manziel appeared in five games and started in two, completing 51.4 percent of his passes for just 175 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
"It's my fault the way I built myself up," Manziel added. The second-year quarterback also went on to confirm that his "money sign" taunt will not be back in the future.
Manziel said that he wants to spend more time in the Browns facilities, saying that any time spent in that building is positive for him both on and off the field. He's saying all the right things at this stage, but he's likely got a long way to go before the Browns feel comfortable giving him too much responsibility on the field and more leeway off of it.