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Manziel texts Browns he wants to 'wreck' league

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 16, 2014 at 11:45 am •  Published: May 16, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Johnny Manziel texted that he wanted to "wreck this league" with them, the Browns didn't waste another second.

They rushed to draft Johnny Football.

Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday that as the Texas A&M star was sliding in the first round of the NFL draft last week, Manziel sent a text message urging Cleveland to select him. The Browns had passed on taking Manziel with the first of their two picks in the first round.

Appearing on ESPN Arkansas, Loggains said Manziel sent him a text that read: "'I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together.'"

Loggains said he immediately forwarded the text to first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine and owner Jimmy Haslam, who said, "'Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.'"

The Browns then made their third trade of the first round and moved from No. 26 to No. 22 and nabbed Manziel, college football's most exciting player and potentially the answer to Cleveland's problem at quarterback.

Loggains said he worked out 14 quarterbacks before the draft. After the team finished its evaluations, Manziel's name was at the top of the list "and there was everyone else."

Manziel's plea to the Browns as he sat in the wings of Radio City Music Hall in New York waiting to be drafted made an impression on Loggains, Pettine and Cleveland's front office.

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