The text heard round the draft room

CLEVELAND - The ongoing saga on who chose to draft Johnny Manziel continues.

Despite remarks from G.M. Ray Farmer that owner Jimmy Haslam didn't try to influence the decision, a new report out of Arkansas seems to indicate otherwise.

Browns QB coach, Dowell Loggains told a radio station in Arkansas that Manziel texted him on draft night saying, "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."

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Loggains said he forwarded that text to coach Mike Pettine and owner Jimmy Haslam. Loggains said Haslam's response was, "Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy."

Loggains also said Manziel was the highest QB on the Browns draft board and that the team tried to trade up several times to get him before the deal with Philadelphia.

The Browns rookie mini-camp, including Johnny Manziel, opens this weekend in Berea. The team is limiting access to the mini-camp to local reporters and photographers. The team has turned down requests from national media outlets, some of which were not too happy about being told no.

While the local media will be allowed inside to see the practice, only the first 15 minutes of Saturday's workout will be open for viewing. Sunday's practice will be closed.

Contributing: AP


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