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Browns hint they'll release Johnny Manziel

Cleveland will reportedly part ways with the troubled quarterback in March, when the new league year starts.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Manziel's days in Cleveland appear to be numbered. Just days after another incident in which Manziel was forced to speak to police, the team's new executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown released a statement in which he made it clear that Manziel's future is not with the Browns.

"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field," Brown said. "Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time."

The Browns plan to let Manziel go in March, after the new league year starts, according to ESPN's Pat McManamom. Even though teams can start releasing players the day after the Super Bowl, Manziel would count $4.6 million against the cap if he was released in February, and the Browns do not have the cap space to do it until the new league year.

New Browns coach Hue Jackson has already gone on record as saying that the team needs a quarterback, which shows where he stands on the matter.

Manziel's latest run-in with law enforcement occurred over the weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Police were called for what was labeled a "possible assault that occurred in that jurisdiction or multiple jurisdictions." Manziel's girlfriend told officers that she was involved in a "disturbance" with Manziel, but, according to police, was "uncooperative to officers on scene."

No charges have been filed, but the NFL and police are reportedly sill investigating the  incident.

This marked the second reported instance where police were involved with Manziel and a girlfriend. In October, Manziel was pulled over by police after witnesses had reported a man being physical with a woman in a car.

Manziel, who was drafted No. 22 overall in 2014, made six starts for the Browns this season and posted a 2-4 record. He finished the year with 1,500 passing yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He was benched midway through the season after video surfaced of him partying and never got back in the team's good graces.