NFL — 16 May 2014
Johnny Manziel’s “Hurry Up and Draft Me” Text to Browns is Why They Traded Up For Him

Johnny Manziel has barely been in the NFL a week and his legend is continuing to grow. During the draft, he was becoming that guy who slides further than expected who the camera becomes fixated on. It happens every year.

As the draft got into the 20s, Manziel was growing tired of sitting around so he picked up his phone and sent a text message to Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains imploring them to draft him. So they did.

In a radio interview on Thursday, Loggains acknowledges that text is the reason why the Browns traded up to select Manziel, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday, that a text from Johnny Manziel during the draft helped inspire owner Jimmy Haslam to trade up for him.

“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.”’

The next thing you know, the Browns traded up from 26 to 22. Manziel may be a lot of things, but powerless isn’t one of them. But did he truly want to go to Cleveland, or was he simply tired of being “that guy” who continues to slide?

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(8) Readers Comments

  1. Having a player who plays a position where leadership is huge and he wants to play in Cleveland you pull the trigger and get him.Great move Browns

    • yeah. I think it will be fun to watch the browns. I’m a pat’s fan but I’m looking forward to see how manziel does with the browns. I think he’s going to get that team going.

  2. Cowboy fan cheering for the Browns. Would love to see Johnny Football rub the shine off their Star, and would love to own a Dallas Cowboy jersey with Manziel’s name on number.

  3. This is the dumbest story I’ve ever heard. If any GM or coach would listen to some stupid request of an undrafted rookie sitting at his table pouting about not being drafted, they’re a huge idiot. That doesn’t show leadership. It shows how entitled he thinks he is. Just another example.

    • That has to be one of the most moronic posts (by pig) name say’s it all, I have seen in some time. U sir, are a Moron!

      • Not a dumb post and no moron, not at all. I didn’t like it when ELI Manning did something like it during his draft day, and I don’t like it now. College players waiting to be drafted have proven nothing on a pro field. They have not earned the right to tell people where they will/will not play, not do they have the right to tell coaches to draft them. The further he slid down in the draft, the less money he and his agent cold demand. The Browns ownership weakened their contract negotiation position/power by responding to his request and trading up to get him. Now the agent can use the ownership’s honoring of Manziel’s request, by trading up to get him, to negotiate a bigger contract. “look at how bad you must have wanted/needed him to do what he asked and trade up to get him”….I can just see it now. Yes, he is a talented college football player, but until he proves his worth in the pros, the Browns were not smart.

  4. You have to admire the guy, he jumped on the ideia to call and nudge them into drafting him, as i see it they are both winners

  5. If this story is true, and Farmer was indeed over ruled by Haslam, I have lost a lot of respect for Farmer AND Haslam (not as much to lose there). We’ve since learned that Teddy didn’t want to play in Cleveland so no loss there. My hunch is that Johnny Football sent that text to about 5 other teams as well as the Browns, just changed the team name.

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