Johnny Football Mania started so promising. The most exciting college football player joined the NFL's saddest franchise with only Brian Hoyer's four career starts in his way.
Of course, Hoyer ended up owning the starting job in 2014, and then Johnny Manziel split time with Josh McCown, another journeyman, in 2015. That's not to mention all the personal issues, from rehab to domestic violence to a possible day trip to Las Vegas, that clouded Manziel's tenure in Cleveland.
On Friday, the Browns officially released Manziel. He released the following statement:
"I'd like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me – nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland. I will always remember the support I received from the organization, my teammates and especially the fans."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2016
And with that, the Johnny Football Era is over in Believeland.
The obvious question: Who will be the next team to gamble on Johnny Football? That remains unclear.