Amatuer hour is over.
Johnny Manziel has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns. The 22nd pick in last month’s NFL draft signed a contract worth $8.2 million over four years.
By way of comparison, Jadeveon Clowney, the first pick in the draft, signed a four-year, $22 million contract earlier this month. The dejected look projected by Manziel on draft day was the face of a man who watched $14 million slip away.
Justin Gilbert, the cornerback the Browns selected with the eighth pick, remains unsigned. Other high-profile rookies without affixing their signatures to deals include Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan, and New England’s Dominique Easley.
Cleveland coach Mike Pettine says that Brian Hoyer remains “securely ahead” of the former Heisman Trophy winner on the depth chart. But Manziel’s starting-quarterback money, and Browns fans, may voice a loud rebuttal depending on how Cleveland’s season goes.