Johnny Manziel is no longer the Cleveland Browns’ problem and hasn’t been since the team cut him back in March, but did the team get out of paying the former first-round pick’s guaranteed money before doing so?
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, that is exactly what happened.
PFT writes: “Per three different sources with knowledge of the situation, the Browns voided Manziel’s remaining guaranteed money before cutting him. No grievance was filed by the NFL Players Association in response to the voided guarantee, apparently because Cleveland’s case for voiding the guarantees was regarded as open and shut.”
The National Football League recently suspended the free-agent quarterback for four games under the substance-abuse policy. Whether the Browns could get out of the guaranteed money owned to Manziel at the time was a question mark, but Florio alleges that Cleveland had already wiped out the guaranteed salary remaining prior to his release.
As the article explains, “the Browns had the power to void Manziel’s guaranteed money in various ways: (1) a suspension imposed by the league under any policy; (2) a suspension imposed by the team; (3) failure or refusal to report, practice, or play; or (4) leaving the team without prior written consent.”
And apparently no one challenged the voiding of the $2.173 million in guarantees, reportedly getting the Browns off the hook for the remaining money owed.
(h/t Pro Football Talk)