So you think things are crazy these days with the ship wreck that has become the Cleveland Browns?
As hard as it is to believe, it could get crazier in the coming months if a certain you know who is the first selection of the Browns in the NFL draft. Just the mention of Johnny Manziel's name causes a wide-range of emotions, which is why it should never be included in polite conversation.
More than one mock draft has the Browns using the fourth overall pick on the Texas A&M quarterback known as "Johnny Football," including ESPN draft expert Todd McShay. There's a feeling that Manziel isn't among the top 10 players in the draft, but his position and a never-ending quest by some teams to land a franchise quarterback will undoubtedly inflate his actual selection.
Enter the Browns, who go through quarterbacks almost as frequently as they wash their hands of head coaches. It's generally assumed that they will use their first pick on one of the top three quarterbacks prospects - Manziel, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater or Central Florida's Blake Bortles. It's a matter of which of the three slip beyond the Houston Texans, who select first, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who own the third pick.
Another possibility is for the Browns to trade up if one of the three is their man and they're convinced he won't be on the board at number four. This is where the Trent Richardson trade to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick (26th overall) could be valuable in a package deal.
The trade avenue is believable because the Texans said they are willing to trade out of the top spot - there's no Andrew Luck waiting to be plucked - and the Browns apparently aren't hiding their interest in Manziel. When Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports says the Browns are in a trading state of mind, believe it. La Canfora is tight with Browns general manager Michael Lombardi from the latter's time working in the media for SI.com, the National Football Post and NFL.com.
Can you imagine the scene at bars and in homes if the Browns select Manziel on May 8? Better yet, imagine the scene the next day at the team's Berea headquarters when Manziel shows up at a press conference, possibly standing next to LeBron James.
Manziel recently signed a contract with James-owned LRMR Management Company LLC and will be represented in business matters by Maverick Carter, chief executive of LRMR and a close friend of LeBron's. Can't you see it now the King returns home with a present named Johnny Football, arguably one of the most charismatic and controversial players in recent college football history.
It may or may not be a wise football decision, but it certainly would light a fire under the fan base. Considering the sorry state of relations between the team and its fans, anything to excite the public during a time when season tickets are on sale would be worthwhile.
A wiser course of action might be to retain that valuable 26th pick to help fill one of many glaring needs. What good is Manziel if Josh Gordon is the only dependable receiver on the roster?
Browns owner James Haslam bragged in a letter to season-ticket holders about the five Pro Bowl players on the roster - six now that safety T.J. Ward has been added. Haslam failed to mention that the team seems content to let two of those players - Ward and center Alex Mack - test the free-agent market. All the more reason to keep each of the seven picks the Browns own in the first four rounds.
That thinking might not trump what Manziel could bring on the field and to the business model. Plus, it might bring LeBron back to Cleveland, even if only to drive by Quicken Loans Arena.