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Report: Browns concerned with Johnny Manziel’s sightings in DFW

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has spent time off from football in Dallas and Fort Worth. He doesn’t report back to the Browns for their off-season program until April 4. The Browns’ football operations chief says Manziel needs to return in shape and mentally ready.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has spent time off from football in Dallas and Fort Worth. He doesn’t report back to the Browns for their off-season program until April 4. The Browns’ football operations chief says Manziel needs to return in shape and mentally ready. AP

The latest sighting of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, at a Dallas Uptown bar on Sunday during the Patriots-Broncos game, has drawn a reaction from Browns management.

Manziel was also seen at a Fort Worth liquor store on Jan. 16, then at a Dallas bar the following Monday and at a Mike Stud concert at a Dallas nightclub a week ago Wednesday.

Video of Manziel from Sunday has made the Internet rounds.

“I haven’t seen them, but I would care about it just because I want all of our guys to represent themselves well and be responsible in terms of their behavior off the field,’’ Sashi Brown, the Browns’ executive vice president of football operations told cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot at the Senior Bowl.

“We want all of our guys to go out and come back in shape and be ready to go,’’ Brown told cleveland.com. “The thing for him obviously is to demonstrate to teammates, to our fans, and to folks in the building that this is going to be the most important thing in his life.’’

The Browns are looking hard at quarterbacks with the No. 2 overall pick, including North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, cleveland.com reported.

Brown told cleveland.com that Manziel “absolutely” has a chance to be back with the Browns next season.

Speculation has Manziel on his way out and winding up in his home state with the Dallas Cowboys.

Fox analyst and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman told Sports Illustrated this week, “I believe as I sit here today that either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will be in Dallas as a backup.”

He was asked Wednesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike his guess between those two, according to NJ.com.

Aikman said that “I think RG3 would be the guy that would cause the less ripple effect throughout the organization and the landscape of the NFL.”

Griffin is owed $16.2 million for next season, but is reportedly expected to be released by the team, according to SI.com.

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