Bears only NFC team to skip out on Johnny Manziel’s pro day

Bears only NFC team to skip out on Johnny Manziel’s pro day
March 27, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Scott Krinch

Johnny Manziel put on quite the show during an unforgettable pro day at Texas A&M on Thursday afternoon.

The former Heisman trophy winner took the field with music from Drake blaring on the loud speakers. Manziel strapped on his shoulder pads and helmet -- the first draft-eligible quarterback to ever do so at their pro day -- and wowed those in attendance.

Manziel completed 61-of-64 passes, and a 55-yard touchdown to his Aggies teammate and fellow first-round draft prospect Mike Evans.

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There were 75 representatives from 30 of the 32 NFL teams, including eight head coaches and general managers. Even former President George H.W. Bush was in attendance with his wife Barbara.

Although Barbara had to take a break from the festivities to walk her two dogs.

As everybody in most NFL circles gave Manziel their attention on Thursday, the Bears decided to sit this one out.

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The Bears and Browns skipped Manziel's pro day event, which makes sense for Chicago considering they have Jay Cutler locked up to a long-term deal, and have needs elsewhere on the defensive side of the ball in the first-round of the NFL Draft.

But why would representatives from the Browns not make the trip to College Station?

Cleveland is in the market for a quarterback this offseason and hold the fourth overall selection in May's draft. They could be more enamored with first-round quarterback prospects Blake Bortles (Central Florida) and Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville). Although it could just be a ploy, and they may not want rival teams to know how much they like Manziel. However, it's quite odd that they wouldn't be at Johnny Football's pro day.

Manziel didn't seem to mind that both teams weren't in attendance, according to Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“I’m not disappointed,” Manziel said. “If they wanted to be here they had the opportunity to. I’m not going to think anything of it. I didn’t even know that was the case. I’m sure they have their own standard or whatever it may be. I don’t hold it against them. It is what it is.”