It has been two seasons since Johnny Manziel last played in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns as he has found himself on the outside looking in. He has dealt with numerous off the field issues that have pushed teams away from bringing him aboard in any capacity.

With his recent resurgent push to get back in the league by participating in a Pro Day this past week, it has sparked up the conversation around him comparing his situation to Colin Kaepernick, who missed the entire 2017 campaign. This chatter has led to Manziel taking to social media to tout Kaepernick for his actions while pointing out that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is out of the league due to “non-football” reasons.

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Much of what Manziel has stated credence as Kaepernick is still an NFL-caliber talent player at his position that should warrant him being on a roster as likely a backup. He did struggle to play with consistency throwing the ball in last two seasons, but his absence from the league does raise some eyebrows as to the reasoning behind. He was a highly productive player through his first few seasons helping lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance and were just a play away from winning the game.

What teams are taking into consideration is the media circus that will come with him if he is signed. This will remain the case even if he isn’t playing in games as his social standing is what has drawn plenty of reaction around the league and led to much negative reaction and perception around him.

Meanwhile, Manziel’s decision to praise Kaepernick could potentially lead to teams being warier of him. This may be viewed as being outspoken in drawing what they could see unnecessary attention. At the same time, Manziel is pointing out something that many of former peers before him have come to realize about Kaepernick’s situation.