Manziel 'really hopeful' about NFL return

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(TSX / STATS) -- Troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel is "really hopeful" of a second chance in the NFL.

The 24-year-old Manziel sat out the entire 2016 season after being cut by the Cleveland Browns, but he said he had a couple of conversations with teams about returning to the league.

"I know the situation that I put myself in," Manziel told the Dallas Morning News on Saturday at the fantasy football convention in Dallas. "I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I'm hopeful. I'm really hopeful. I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we'll see. Whenever I get a call, I'll do whatever I can to make the most of it."

Manziel was the 22nd overall selection by the Browns in 2014 and he eventually wore out his welcome. The Browns let him go in March 2016 after just two seasons due to a multitude of incidents, overall boorish behavior and a lack of commitment to football.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012 but couldn't match his college success during his stint with the Browns. He appeared in 14 games and passed for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions and Cleveland won only two of his eight starts.

"I think the thing I realized over the past year and the thing I realized from being away from it is really how much you miss it," Manziel told the newspaper. "That's all I've known for so long. It's what I love to do. It's hard. It's hard sitting here going through OTA time and going through summer time and then getting ready to go through fall camp and not being part of it.

"But at the same time, I'm really optimistic and hopeful that I'll get another chance. That's really what I'm holding out for every day."

Updated July 16, 2017