Johnny Manziel sat in the green room at the NFL Draft earlier this month, drinking water and sweating. Every team in the Top 10 passed on the Texas A&M QB, and then the Dallas Cowboys went with an offensive lineman 16th instead of Manziel.
And then, at some point, Johnny Manziel sent a text to Cleveland QB coach Dowell Loggains: Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together. How did this information become public? Loggains said it on the radio. It’ll probably be the last radio interview he does. Here’s the best part of the interview, via Cleveland.com:
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. “I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.'”
I like the moxie. The cockiness.
I’m surprised a text like that would have that kind of an impact on a team’s draft room. (It does clear up that yes, Jimmy liked Johnny and pulled the trigger.) And where was GM Ray Farmer during this process? Farmer was lauded for having such a great draft, but was Haslam part of every move?
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