Teammate: Johnny Manziel should ‘check friends a little bit’

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden advised teammate, rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, to heed caution in his approach to life off the field and “check his friends a little bit”.

“Everybody is going to go out and have a good time,” the four-year veteran Haden said. “You gotta make sure when you’re with your people, it just doesn’t get out. He’s going to have a good time, but a lot of things need to be taken away.

“You need to have a phone valet — tell your friends to put your phones away. We’re going to go out but don’t record,” he added.

Recently, Manziel tweeted a party photo with celebrity friends, including rapper Drake and jeweler-to-the-stars Johnny Dang.

Despite his off-field activities, Haden said Manziel continues to study and work on his game.

“He’s grown. When I’ve seen him in the locker room, he’s in there on time, he’s in there studying,” Haden said. “He’s getting better and better, every OTA and every minicamp. It’s just the off the field stuff, a lot of it can be prevented.”

Cleveland opens training camp in late July, and Manziel will be competing with Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, although new coach Mike Pettine has said Hoyer will be No. 1 on the depth chart when camp opens.

The Browns said Tuesday that they had agreed with Manziel on a rookie contract. Terms were not released, but the NFL rookie wage scale projected Manziel’s deal to be worth about $8.25 million for four years. Like all first-round picks, his contract includes a fifth-year team option.

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