Johnny Manziel optimistic about second chance in NFL

13 December 2015: Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) [11119] in action during a NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, in Cleveland, OH. (Photo By Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
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Johnny Manziel remains a free agent, although he has his sights set on joining an NFL roster, as soon as possible.

“I think the thing I realized over the past year and the thing I realized from being away from it is really how much you miss it,” Manziel said. “That’s all I’ve known for so long. It’s what I love to do. It’s hard. It’s hard sitting here going through OTA time and going through summer time and then getting ready to go through fall camp and not being part of it. But at the same time, I’m really optimistic and hopeful that I’ll get another chance. That’s really what I’m holding out for every day.”

Manziel has not appeared in an NFL game since the 2015 season, when he made six starts for the Cleveland Browns. He appeared in 10 games that year, completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions.

His final year in Cleveland was nothing short of a train wreck, getting handed the starting job down the stretch, just to be benched and eventually let go by the team that selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Since then, he has been open about the mistakes he has made in the past and has continued to workout for NFL teams, hoping for another chance in the league.

Currently, the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL hold his rights in the league. If the NFL falls through, that could potentially be Manziel’s next recourse if he is insistent on playing in 2017.

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