On an off week, Alan Faneca runs about 20 miles. If he’s training for half-marathons, which is fairly often, he logs at least 30.

His conditioning has made a huge impact in his post-NFL days, and the leaner Faneca was on hand Saturday in San Francisco as the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee revealed its inductees. But Faneca didn't make it in his first year of eligibility.

Faneca played 13 years, resulting in six All-Pro seasons at guard. Faneca's physical transformation has been almost as impressive -- shedding 100 pounds from his 320-pound playing frame since leaving the league in 2010.

When Faneca lost his first 30, he noticed he stopped the old-man grunting when getting up from the floor after a play session with his daughter.

George Gojkovich/Getty ImagesAlan Faneca was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 1998 draft.

Now, he's a lean 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. He’s, almost literally, two-thirds the man who opened holes for Jerome Bettis in Pittsburgh. He wanted a healthy post-football lifestyle with minimal joint pain.

Here’s how he did it: oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, chicken with all other meals, low carbs, lots of vegetables, no alcohol -- save one day a week -- and 100-calorie snacks between meals to sustain metabolism.

“It’s been tremendous,” Faneca told ESPN.com via phone before packing up to go to San Francisco. “I knew I was onto something good. It has helped my body, my knees out. It’s definitely taken some of the stress out of my body. I’m cheating the doctors before I start to need bionic parts.”

Faneca has fielded calls from several former offensive linemen from his pro or college days asking for weight-loss tips. He’s happy to oblige.

Faneca played his best years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the first round of the 1998 draft and watched him move defenders for 10 seasons. He played his last years with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.

He worked to be the consummate teammate, a positive locker-room guy who never turned down the Pro Bowl all nine times. He made the 2000s all-decade first team.

But it wasn't enough for HOF status. Most of the nearly 20 guards in the Hall needed more than one cycle for entrance. Kansas City Chiefs great Will Shields, an all-decade second-teamer, was eligible for four years before his 2015 induction.

Former coach Bill Cowher was vouching for his guy, telling Steelers.com that Faneca basically “redefined” the guard position by his versatility to block “at the point of attack, but also block in space.” Faneca was the catalyst for Willie Parker’s 75-yard score in Super Bowl XL. The right side was open all the way.

When it comes to the week leading up to the voting, though, Faneca was doing less lobbying and more savoring of the moment.

“It’s special enough to be here on this short list,” Faneca said before the results were known. “I haven’t really thought about [the outcome]. You feel you put your best foot forward on the playing field; now it’s an awkward feeling knowing how people officially felt about your playing career. But it’s an honor being a first-time guy making the short list.”

Faneca never came up short, on or off the field.

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A chronological timeline of events involving Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel since Jan. 30:

Jan. 30

Police respond to a 911 call at the Fort Worth, Texas, apartment of Colleen Crowley, whom Manziel had dated. She told police she had gotten into an argument with Manziel after the pair went out with friends the previous evening (the 29th) in Dallas. "The preliminary investigation determined that a possible assault had occurred in that jurisdiction or multiple jurisdictions," the Fort Worth police said in a statement. When Crowley told police she was worried for Manziel's safety, police dispatched a helicopter to search for him after he doesn't answer his phone. They later determined he was safe. No arrest was made because the incident took place in Dallas, but Fort Worth police said they will cooperate with Dallas police to see if a crime was committed.

The NFL said it will investigate the incident.

Jan. 31

Paul Manziel attempted to get his son to enter the Enterhealth Ranch addiction facility in Van Alstyne, Texas, but Johnny Manziel did not stay. This news is revealed by Paul Manziel in a story in the Dallas Morning News.

Feb. 2

Paul Manziel tried to have his son admitted to Carrollton Springs Hospital, a psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital in Carrollton, Texas, but his son was allowed to leave, per the Dallas Morning News. The paper reported that Paul Manziel told a Denton County sheriff that he believed his son was suicidal.

The Browns released a statement on Johnny Manziel from director of football operations Sashi Brown, saying: "We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules." A league source said the Browns will try to trade or release Manziel when the league year begins March 9. The Browns don't release Manziel immediately because they don't have the salary cap space to do so.

Feb. 3

Crowley filed an affidavit in Tarrant County Court in Texas seeking protection from Manziel, according to WFAA-TV in Fort Worth.

Manziel attended a Dallas Mavericks game, but politely declined an interview from ESPN's Tim McMahon.

Feb. 4

Fort Worth police released the report on the incident with Crowley. WFAA also released a more detailed account, quoting anonymous sources. Among the details:

-- Manziel and Crowley were together at the ZaZa hotel in Dallas, and Crowley said he acted "as if he were on some kind of drugs," but not intoxicated.

-- Manziel drove Crowley home, saying he didn't want her to drive while intoxicated. Crowley said Manziel hit her several times in the car. WFAA reported that Manziel told Crowley "shut up or I'll kill us both."

-- Crowley told WFAA she lost hearing in her left ear as a result of a blow from Manziel.

-- WFAA reported the argument continued in Crowley's apartment and Manziel left when she grabbed a kitchen knife.

The 911 call from a neighbor is also released. The caller said she heard screaming. She went to see what happened. The caller said Crowley told her that her boyfriend "beat her up."

Manziel told TMZ that the allegations are not true, saying "It didn't happen." He adds: "I'm completely stable. I'm safe and I'm secure." He said he has great things ahead and is committed to playing football.

Paul Manziel told WFAA: "We're trying to get our son better. We're not there yet."

Fort Worth police release a statement saying the case is closed because no crime was committed in their jurisdiction.

Dallas police released a statement saying because there is no complaint, the case in their jurisdiction also is closed.

The NFL said its investigation will continue.

Feb. 5

Johnny Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt released a statement saying he is dropping Manziel as a client. One month earlier, LeBron James had announced he was dropping Manziel as a client in his LRMR marketing firm. Denise Michaels, Manziel's publicist, said she will continue to work with Manziel.

Paul Manziel is quoted in the Dallas Morning News detailing his efforts to get his son into rehab. He told the Morning News: "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday." Johnny Manziel turned 23 on Dec. 6, 2015.

At some point during the day Crowley met with the Dallas police to make a statement about what took place the night of July 29.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said at Super Bowl 50 that the Browns reached out to Johnny Manziel several times since the incident with Crowley, but he did not respond to any of their calls.

A source close to Manziel, who spoke to the quarterback on Feb. 5, told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that Manziel "is concerned" about all of the stories about him and said he is doing "all right."

A Tarrant County judge granted Crowley the restraining order, ruling Manziel cannot see Crowley for two years, and that he must stay 500 feet from her home and workplace as well as pay $12,000 in legal fees. The court clerk said the records are sealed at the judge's order. The Associated Press and WFAA reported the ruling, stating: "The court finds there is reason to believe that family violence occurred."

Dallas police released a statement saying they are opening a criminal investigation into a domestic violence assault complaint filed against Manziel.

Crowley released a statement to WFAA stating: "I met with domestic violence specialists at the Dallas Police Department. I provided them with a complete description of the events on the night of Jan. 29 and answered their questions. I don't know what will happen next with this case -- that'll be up to the Dallas Police Department."

Johnny ManzielAP/Aaron JosefczykThe Browns have tried unsuccessfully to reach Johnny Manziel.

The Cleveland Browns have reached out to quarterback Johnny Manziel several times since last Saturday but gotten no response, owner Jimmy Haslam told the media at the Super Bowl.

Haslam spoke to a group of reporters, and among them was Tony Grossi of ESPN-Cleveland. The NFL Network played the video of Haslam.

"Johnny has not responded to us," Haslam said, "but we'll do anything we can to help him personally. And our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family. We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player. We're worried about Johnny Manziel the person. And I think that's all we need to say on the issue."

Police were called to the apartment of Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley early Saturday morning. There Crowley alleged that Manziel had physically assaulted her.

Manziel's father made an impassioned statement Friday morning to the Dallas Morning News that his son needs help. Paul Manziel said his son had been twice checked into rehab in the last few days, but left once and was allowed to leave another.

Haslam said the team had reached out "several times since all this came out last Saturday, just like we would any player." But Manziel did not respond.

"I think it's enough said on the issue," Haslam said. "I think it's a personal issue now. It's not a football issue."

One popular trend that has gotten a lot of play recently is the fact that, including Sunday's game, 12 of the past 13 Super Bowls will have featured Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.

The one exception has been Joe Flacco, who led the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season. But labeling Flacco as an exception trivializes his postseason success.

Flacco is a playoff peer to this AFC title-game triumvirate. He has just one fewer postseason victory than Manning despite playing fewer NFL seasons. Since 2011, Flacco has a better passer rating in the postseason (107.5) than Brady (94.7). Over that same time, Flacco has thrown 21 touchdowns in the playoffs and Rothlisberger has tossed three.

Brady & FlaccoAP Photo/Steven SenneJoe Flacco defeated Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on the road on the way to the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

And, let's not forget, Flacco would've had another Super Bowl on his résumé if Lee Evans hadn't seen that go-ahead touchdown stripped away in the 2011 AFC Championship Game. On his way to the 2012 Super Bowl title, Flacco beat Manning and Brady in consecutive weeks and outplayed both on the road.

It's become an AFC tradition to see one or two of these quarterbacks battling it out to get to the Super Bowl. Over the past eight seasons (since 2008, Flacco's first in the NFL), Brady, Flacco, Manning and Roethlisberger have combined for 13 AFC Championship Game appearances.

Flacco doesn't have the handful of rings like Brady. He doesn't have the NFL records like Manning. And he doesn't quarterback a storied franchise like Big Ben.

But Flacco does have postseason numbers that stack up against those three quarterbacks.

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IRVING, Texas -- The Cleveland Browns have made it clear they plan to release Johnny Manziel next month as soon as they're contractually able to do it, but he's not likely to get an opportunity with the Dallas Cowboys unless owner Jerry Jones strong-arms the rest of the power structure to get it done.

The old Jerry might've done that, but the Jerry we've seen the past few years won't.

Frankly, every team in the NFL should pass on the 23-year-old. That's the only approach that might salvage his career. He comes from a wealthy family, so taking away his money seemingly has no effect on him and his poor decision-making.

Johnny ManzielJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesWill Johnny Manziel be a man without a team in 2016?

Take the game away from him and the fame that accompanies it, and perhaps Manziel will finally understand just how close he is to being out of the NFL.

The league won't wait for him to mature and figure out that being an NFL quarterback requires him to put in the work and dedication needed to succeed at the highest level. It certainly isn't going to wait for a dude who's 2-6 as a starter with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 74.4 passer rating.

The league waits for stars. It gives players with special talents multiple chances because it's so hard to win in the NFL. There's nothing unusual about Manziel's ability in the NFL. He doesn't have special size, athleticism or intangibles. His arm is good -- not great -- and the defensive players are so quick and athletic that they have no problem chasing him down.

Besides, Manziel has made a habit of telling coaches and fans exactly what they want to hear and then doing whatever he wants as soon as they leave the room. He can't be trusted.

Stephen Jones, Jason Garrett and Will McClay, the folks who talked Jones out of drafting Manziel in 2013, still have the same jobs with the club. Will they pass on Manziel again when he's available? Manziel is a freelancer who would struggle in the Cowboys' timing-based offense, and he'd struggle keeping his legion of enablers at bay in Dallas.

If Manziel has any sense, he has known for weeks the Browns were going to release him. His response has been to hang out in Dallas and party publicly on a regular basis. Last weekend he was involved in an incident with his former girlfriend that resulted in the police using a helicopter to try to find him. No charges were filed.

Would any team want a guy like that to potentially be the face of their franchise and leader? Of course not.

Manziel isn't coming to Dallas, and the rest of the NFL should make him a man without a team for a year.

It would be a sobering experience, and it might just save his career.

Johnny ManzielElsa/Getty Images

In a matter of two seasons, the Cleveland Browns watched a potential franchise quarterback go from Johnny Football to Johnny Flameout.

The Browns will release former first-round pick Johnny Manziel on March 9, just 22 months after investing the No. 22 overall pick on the former Heisman Trophy winner. Manziel's inconsistent play and off-the-field issues will put an end to one of the more disappointing quarterback runs in Browns history, which is saying a lot when looking at the number of failed attempts there.

So, where does Manziel's fall from NFL grace rank among the AFC North teams in the past 20 years? Those who cover the division for ESPN's NFL Nation say Manziel shares the dubious honor of biggest quarterback bust with Akili Smith.

Manziel and Smith both split the top two spots in a poll of ESPN reporters Jeremy Fowler (Steelers), Coley Harvey (Bengals), Jamison Hensley (Ravens) and Pat McManamon (Browns).

Smith, the No. 3 overall pick by the Bengals in 1999, put up worse numbers than Manziel. He had a 3-14 record in four cringe-filled seasons in Cincinnati, completing fewer than half of his passes (46.6 percent) with five touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His passer rating was 52.8.

Manziel had a more prolific downfall considering the amount of buzz, police reports and embarrassing Instagram pics that he brought upon the Browns. On the field, he lost six of his eight starts in connecting on 57 percent of his throws. Manziel threw the same amount of touchdowns as interceptions (seven) for a 74.4 pass rating. Off the field, there were a couple of domestic incidents (both of which did not lead to arrests) and reports of partying in Las Vegas during the season.

Smith never played another NFL game after getting cut by the Bengals. He was released during the preseason with the Green Bay Packers in 2003 before one-year stints with the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe and the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.

Time will tell whether Manziel will follow a similar path out of the NFL.

Here are the top five biggest QB busts among AFC North teams over past 20 years:

1. (tie) Akili Smith, Bengals (1999, No. 3 overall pick): The stat that defines Smith's ineptitude: five career touchdown passes in 17 starts. If this wasn't bad enough, the Bengals' Mike Brown turned down nine picks (including two first-rounders) from the New Orleans Saints, who sought to move up to get Ricky Williams, because Cincinnati wanted Smith so badly.

1. (tie) Johnny Manziel, Browns (2007, No. 22 overall): He ranks among the NFL’s bottom five in completion percentage, yards per attempt and TD-to-INT ratio since entering the league in 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Manziel is set to become the second-youngest first-round quarterback to part ways with his team after playing at least one game in the Common Draft Era (since 1967).

3. Brady Quinn, Browns (2007, 22nd overall): He went 4-16 with the Browns, throwing 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Don't blame all of his troubles on the Browns. Quinn lost seven of eight starts with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.

4. Brandon Weeden, Browns (2012, No. 22 overall): His 5-15 record with the Browns was dreadful. His slow decision-making and shaky pocket presence was worse. Weeden finished with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in Cleveland. He has since bounced around Dallas and Houston, throwing eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

5. Kyle Boller, Ravens (2003, No. 19 overall): He was overwhelmed in his five seasons in Baltimore, where he went 20-22 as a starter. Playing like everything was in fast-forward, Boller struggled with accuracy and patience in the pocket. It got so ugly in Baltimore that fans once cheered when he was injured in the 2005 season opener. But, when looking at the other busts in the division, it could've been worse for the Ravens.

Kelvin BeachumJustin K. Aller/Getty ImagesOffensive tackle Kelvin Beachum, who missed the second half of the season with a torn ACL, is a free agent.

Free agent left tackle Kelvin Beachum isn't planning a position switch, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he's not a guard. He's a tackle. Beachum playing guard became a talking point after 6-foot-9 project Alejandro Villanueva started the final 11 games in place of Beachum, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Villanueva isn't a finished project, but generally acquitted himself well. He has gobs of potential in those abnormally long arms.

The Steelers have many options, all of which involve Beachum, guard Ramon Foster (also a free agent) and Villanueva, who's under contract for next season.

There's not one bad option here. Offensive line was a strength in 2015 and still should be.

Re-sign Beachum and Foster: Foster played 1,000-plus snaps and was a key cog on a top-10 rushing offense that protected Ben Roethlisberger well. Beachum was part of that production before the injury. The Steelers made an offer to Beachum before the season, but both sides weren't close on a deal. Now, Beachum could take a one-year contract to re-establish his true value after the injury or wait for something longer and bigger. I'm guessing the latter. The Steelers could return Beachum to his starting role while letting Villanueva compete in camp to see what happens. Villanueva doesn't look like a guard, but the Steelers do like size inside.

Let Beachum walk, re-sign Foster: Villanueva has more to learn, but has shown he can handle himself as a starter. This would give the Steelers one more year to determine whether he's a long-term answer or a stopgap. Returning the same playoff lineup from last season isn't a bad play. Beachum would have a market elsewhere.

Let Foster walk, re-sign Beachum: This leaves Pittsburgh open at a guard spot assuming Beachum's not bluffing, but reserve lineman Cody Wallace has the capability to play guard in a pinch, or the Steelers could draft a guard in the first three rounds. Foster is 30 years old, so it's possible the Steelers want to get younger at this spot. And his value should be good -- not bank-breaking good, but enough to make the Steelers think twice.

Re-sign neither: This would create a starting lineup, from left to right, of Villanueva, Wallace (unless or until the team signs/drafts someone else), Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert. This would be the least desirable option. Letting two good linemen leave wouldn't be prudent.

Tom Brady and John HarbaughJim Rogash/Getty ImagesPatriots quarterback Tom Brady and Ravens coach John Harbaugh greet each other before a 2010 game. Brady and Harbaugh were a part of a national signing day celebration at Michigan.

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have squared off in some memorable playoff games and have clashed over their interpretation over NFL rules.

But brotherly and collegial love have them working on the same team.

Harbaugh and Brady are among the high-profile sports figures who will be part of Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” party on Wednesday. John Harbaugh is supporting his brother Jim, who is in his second season at Michigan, and Brady is backing a program that he played for from 1995 to 1999.

“We have an All-Star crew,” Harbaugh told ESPN while attending the Michigan-Indiana men's basketball game. “Matter of fact, I’ve been told that I have a plane flight back home with Tom Brady. I’m really excited about that."

It was two years ago when Harbaugh and Brady didn't see eye to eye after the Ravens' 35-31 divisional playoff loss at New England. Harbaugh called out the Patriots for using "deceptive" substitutions, and Brady responded by instructing the Ravens to "study the rule book."

The NFL has since changed the rule, which now makes it illegal for an offensive player wearing an eligible number -- between 1 and 49, or 80 to 89 -- to report as ineligible and line up outside the tackle box.

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Who's next?

That's the question at quarterback (again) for the Cleveland Browns now that they have made it clear they will move on from Johnny Manziel in March.

To answer the question, remember the words of owner Jimmy Haslam the evening of the season finale: "We do have the No. 2 pick in the draft."

There are three quarterbacks considered worthy of a high draft pick. The Browns could stay at No. 2 and take one, or they could trade down and hope to take one. The Browns also have the 32nd overall pick because the Patriots lost theirs, so the team could take a quarterback at the No. 2 or No. 32 slot or use the 32nd pick to move up for one.

Precedent, though, might scare them away from trading up. The past three times they did that for a first-round quarterback, they wound up with Manziel (whom they took with the 22nd pick), Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn. None worked out.

Here's a look at the three main options for the Browns if they take a quarterback at No. 2, with early February odds on their selection:

Jared Goff

College: California

Size: 6-foot-4, 210 pounds

Comment: Goff seems to have moved slightly ahead of Paxton Lynch as the most NFL-ready quarterback in terms of ranking. He had an outstanding bowl game, throwing for 467 yards and six touchdowns against Air Force. Goff has a strong arm with touch. Problem is he's not considered the second-best player in the draft. Most analysts put him somewhere between No. 6 and 12 in their overall rankings. The Browns really have to believe in Goff to take him at No. 2.

Odds: 4-1.

Paxton Lynch

College: Memphis

Size: 6-6, 230

Comment: Some early projections had the Browns taking Lynch at No. 2. Now some have him in the second round. Such is the life of a draft-eligible quarterback. If Goff improved his status with an excellent bowl game, Lynch hurt his by going 16-for-37 for 106 yards against Auburn. Lynch's positives: He has great size, completed 67 percent of his passes this past season and has excellent mobility.

Odds: 14-1

Carson Wentz

College: North Dakota State

Size: 6-5, 231

Comment: Wentz's stock rose at the Senior Bowl, but he started just 24 games in his career and played in the FCS. He has never faced competition of anything like the type he will face in the NFL. Wentz has a strong arm, and he's the buzz of the draft talk simply because he played in the Senior Bowl. He seems a serious stretch for the second spot but might be worthy of No. 32. The Browns will need to do a ton of homework showing he can make the transition from North Dakota State to the NFL if they want to draft him.

Odds: 12-1.

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals are expecting tight end Tyler Eifert to rejoin them for all offseason team activities in April after he received an injury scare in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Test results in Cincinnati this week revealed he simply had a sprained left ankle, calming fears that he might have suffered a worse injury. He only will need rest.

It was two plays after Eifert recorded his only catch in the game, an 11-yard fourth-quarter snag, when he tried to catch another throw from Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in the back of the end zone. Eifert had to stretch out for the attempted touchdown throw. When his momentum brought him to the ground, he dropped the ball. Eifert then got up and hobbled to the sideline, where he was initially evaluated.

Tests done just after the Pro Bowl -- a game Eifert reportedly brought Bengals trainer Nick Cosgray to as a guest -- came away with promising news. But the Bengals wanted to be sure that news could be verified by evaluations after Eifert returned to their facility.

Eifert was one of seven Bengals to appear in the Pro Bowl. His injury was the only one reported in Team Irvin's (coached by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin) 49-27 win over Team Rice (coached by Hall of Famer Jerry Rice).

During the regular season, Eifert led all tight ends with 13 touchdown catches. He likely would have approached Rob Gronkowski's record 17 touchdown receptions by a tight end had he not missed parts of four games at the end of the season with head and neck injuries.

A.J. GreenAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarA.J. Green has 415 receptions and 45 touchdowns in his Bengals' career.

CINCINNATI -- Let the debate ensue.

Now that it appears Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson may retire, capping a short, but illustrious, nine-year career, who should take his place as the NFL's best receiver?

Of course, first you have to believe Johnson was the league's top wide out the past few seasons. If you aren't convinced he was, take yourself and your laptop/tablet/mobile device to a quiet corner, pull up YouTube, type "Megatron highlights," and just watch. The rest of us will wait.

Certainly, Johnson had a string of dazzling plays throughout his NFL career. But he had the numbers, too. His career receptions (731), yards (11,619), touchdowns (83) and yards per game (86.1) all rank first in Lions history.

Does that make him a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer? It's tough to say. Perhaps if he played another couple of seasons, or had the fortune of playing for more playoff teams, maybe the question wouldn't be up for debate.

Regardless, if this is the end of the road for Johnson, he's leaving the league in capable hands. Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and A.J. Green are at the forefront of the position's next wave of superstars. Second-year players Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry appear to be the position's long-term future.

Of that quintet, which player currently is the best? Honestly, you can't go wrong picking any of them. But given their overall experience, Brown, Jones and Green probably deserve consideration as the NFL's best at this position.

Say what you will about Jones and Brown, but Green has exhibited a level of consistency (at this point in his career) that has only been matched in league history by Randy Moss. He and Moss are the only receivers to have 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of their first five seasons. Green has a chance to tie Moss' record of six 1,000-yard seasons in 2016.

Green also stacks up favorably when some other stats are put alongside those of Brown, Jones and Johnson in their first five seasons. He has more catches (415) than any of them had in that same stretch to start their careers. His 45 touchdowns also ranks second only to Johnson's 49.

If Green keeps up his current pace, by the end of his ninth season, he will have 81 career touchdowns, two short of Johnson. He'll also have 11,108 yards, some 600 shy of where Johnson finished. Both numbers would become Bengals records, outperforming marks previously set by Chad Johnson.

Much like Brown and Jones, Green has put up these statistics while playing with a bevy of other offensive weapons. Although Green was drafted fourth overall as the star receiver for Andy Dalton to throw to (Dalton was selected a round after Green in the 2011 draft), he's shared playmaking opportunities with Marvin Jones, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, Mohamed Sanu, Jerome Simpson, Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert during the past five years.

How can Green separate himself from the other elite wide outs in future seasons? By continuing to make plays in big scenarios like he did in the closing minutes of last month's wild-card playoff game against Brown's Steelers. Those can be his highlight-reel grabs. His go-ahead, 25-yard touchdown reception from AJ McCarron very nearly became an iconic play in team history. Had the Bengals held on for the win, it would have been.

The only way to get those plays? To keep leading his team back to the playoffs -- and to start winning games there. That's something Johnson couldn't do.

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Releasing quarterback Johnny Manziel is really the only move the Browns could make, and it was made clear on Tuesday that the move will be made in March.

In a sharply worded statement, new director of football operations Sashi Brown said Manziel's "continual involvement in incidents that run counter to (the team's) expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization."

Point made. The Browns will release or trade Manziel in March, after March 9.

It is as close to a no-brainer move as a team can have.

The team's new brain trust of coach Hue Jackson and front-office operatives Brown, Paul DePodesta and Andrew Berry deserve a fresh start. In this case, it means as fresh as possible. Wipe the slate clean and start over.

There is nothing good about saddling a new coach with an old problem. And that's exactly what the Browns would have been doing if they kept Manziel. It's better for the Browns and Jackson that the second-year player be released.

It's also better for Manziel. His constant appearances on social media and in the news have turned the fan base solidly against him. The atmosphere in Cleveland had grown toxic, with all but his fervent admirers giving up their support.

There is no need to try to figure the "why" regarding why things went the way they did. Manziel needs to come to grips with what he wants from himself and from football, and approach his job appropriately.

A fresh start with a new team, perhaps as a humbled backup, might lead him in a better direction.

This move does provide the Browns an opportunity for soul-searching. They can discuss their expectations and the level of accountability they demand. With their future actions, they have a chance to make a statement about their team, its players and its role in the community and on the field.

The team came up short with Manziel, often and consistently.

A new regime will have a chance to establish a new era with real standards -- and real consequence, if those standards are not met.

Every player on the team deserves that, as does every fan who pays for a ticket.

The draft-night excitement about the selection of Manziel seems as if it were decades ago. He now will go down as one of the bigger disappointments in Browns history.

There will familiar faces for Baltimore Ravens fans when the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off in Sunday's Super Bowl. There are eight players on the Broncos' and Panthers' rosters who have ties with Baltimore.

Which of these ex-Ravens would Baltimore want back? Not that many. That may sound strange since these players are vying for the Lombardi Trophy and the Ravens are coming off a five-win season.

To better explain, let's rank the former Ravens on how they played this season. For the sake of this post, we'll consider Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson, Panthers kicker Graham Gano and Broncos guard Robert Myers as ex-Ravens even though they never played a regular-season game for them.

Darian StewartRon Chenoy/USA Today SportsFormer Ravens safety Darian Stewart has become a playmaker for the Broncos.

1. Darian Stewart, Broncos safety: One of the bigger missteps for the Ravens last offseason was not re-signing Stewart, who became a playmaker for the Broncos. That became apparent from the season opener against Baltimore (Stewart sealed the Broncos' win with an interception in the end zone) to the AFC Championship Game (critical interception of Tom Brady). Would the Ravens want him back? Definitely. He was the 10th-best safety, according to Pro Football Focus. Baltimore replaced him with Kendrick Lewis, who graded out as No. 70.

2. Michael Oher, Panthers offensive tackle: Oher is going to be a popular story at the Super Bowl because of the "Blind Side" angle. Let's not gloss over the fact that he's a below average left tackle. Only six left tackles were graded lower than Oher this season by Pro Football Focus. Oher allowed four sacks and committed five penalties. Would the Ravens want him back? Not really. The Ravens have uncertainty at left tackle with Eugene Monroe's disappointing season, but they have to hope they can do better than Oher. I'm not sure converted guard Kelechi Osemele or a top pick like Ronnie Stanley is the answer. They do, however, have more upside than Oher.

3. Owen Daniels, Broncos tight end: He remains a middle of the road tight end at this point of his career. He put up nearly identical numbers to his catch totals in 2014 with the Ravens (46 receptions for 517 yards receiving and three touchdowns). Daniels made his biggest impact of the season in the AFC Championship Game, where he scored two touchdowns. Would the Ravens want him back? No, there's just no room with Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle.

4. Ed Dickson, Panthers tight end: He is a solid, all-around backup who often gets overlooked because he plays with Greg Olsen. He managed 26 catches and only averaged 7.1 yards per catch. Would the Ravens want him back? No. See above with Daniels.

5. Dwan Edwards, Panthers defensive end: The former 2004 second-round pick has put together a long career as a backup. Edwards is averaging 30 snaps per game. Would the Ravens want him back? No. The Ravens have good, young depth along the defensive line.

6. Derek Anderson, Panthers quarterback: He went from a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2005 to a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2007. Anderson has been Cam Newton's backup for four seasons. Would the Ravens want him back? The Ravens could've used Anderson this season when Joe Flacco suffered a season-ending injury. In 2014, Anderson went 2-0 as a starter in 2014, completing 66.2 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He would've been an upgrade over Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen.

7. Graham Gano, Panthers kicker: Gano, who lost the Ravens' kicking job to Steven Hauschka in 2009, converted 83 percent of his field goals for Carolina (20th in the NFL). But he missed extra-point tries in close regular-season victories over Indianapolis (29-26), Seattle (27-23) and New Orleans (41-38). Would the Ravens want him back? No. Baltimore has the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history in Justin Tucker, who will either sign a long-term deal with Baltimore or receive the franchise tag.

8. Robert Myers, Broncos guard: A fifth-round pick by the Ravens last year, Myers was on Baltimore's practice squad before the Broncos signed him to their active roster. He hasn't played a game for Denver. Would the Ravens want him back? Baltimore would be interested in bringing him back as a developmental lineman, but the Ravens seemed to prefer undrafted rookie Kaleb Johnson (who was promoted to active roster by Baltimore) over Myers this year.

It takes a lot for Cleveland Browns fans to lose patience.

So it might mean something that a movement started Sunday on Twitter aimed at getting folks to pledge to a "Johnny-Free February," meaning a month with no mention of Johnny Manziel's name.

The goal, as stated by Twitter user and movement founder @reflog_18, was "not to tweet, retweet or mention Manziel in February, or until he is no longer a Cleveland Brown."

The Twitter user posted early Monday that there "are now over 1000 participants (listed + @Chat_CST pledges) in the @Browns silent movement in Cleveland." At midnight Sunday, the hashtag for Johnny-Free February (#JFF) was the eighth-highest trending item on Twitter in Cleveland.

Of course the very boycott itself led to stories about him, which of course mentioned Manziel's name.

But the feeling was clear: These fans were weary the constant drama that Manziel brings and the many off-field stories about him. The last straw seemed to be the weekend story that an ex-girlfriend called police and claimed Manziel had assaulted her in Fort Worth, Texas, and that she feared for his well-being, which led police to search for him with a helicopter.

The entire Johnny-Free February effort led to some interesting tweets:




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