INDIANAPOLIS — Browns coach Hue Jackson would not say directly what the team intends to do with quarterback Johnny Manziel, instead referring to the organization’s statement on the player’s future from several weeks ago.
But Jackson did make it clear that Manziel and his off-the-field antics are not going to be tolerated by the new regime in Cleveland.
“Our organization is going to take a stand,” Jackson said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday.
It’s been expected that the Browns will release Manziel on March 9, when the new league year begins, because of salary- cap implications.
“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,” Sashi Brown, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, said in the statement on Feb. 2. “His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Jackson said he will “stand by” that statement, but he also expanded on it.
“I want to make sure we all understand that that behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward,” Jackson said. “Our organization is going to take a stand and we’re going to move on from those kinds of situations.”