Johnny Manziel…what can we say about him that hasn’t already been said, written, tweeted and GIFed? Probably not much, yet the lightning rod remains a source of intrigue among football fans. He may be unemployed, but he’s not uninteresting. However, Johnny Football hasn’t really leveraged his fame for any major post-football opportunities. This leads us to question how he’s funding his booze and coke-fueled lifestyle.
Johnny Manziel’s Net Worth as of 2017: $4 Million
Despite Manziel’s on-field disadvantages, this number could’ve have risen much higher had he gotten his head on straight. For now, let’s take a look at how he wound up here.
2007-2010: High School
The entertaining anything-can-happen Johnny Manziel we came to love watching on the field first came into existence at Tivy High School. Manziel started under center for two and a half seasons in high school, posting gaudy stats for the Antlers. Overall, he threw for 7,500 yards and 75 tuddies while also running for 4,038 yards and 78 scores.
In 2010, Manziel’s senior season, he threw for 3,609 yards, 45 TDs against just 5 INTs while running for 1,674 yards and 30 scores. Yeah, he balled hard.
That same year, Manziel was named a Parade All-American and committed to play his college ball at Texas A&M.
In 2011, Manziel redshirted at A&M but quickly made his presence known during an all-world 2012 season. Thanks to his improvisational style of play and ballsy on-field tendencies, Manziel became THE sports story of the year en route to becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Johnny Football threw for 3,706 yards, 26 TDs and 9 INTs while running for 1,410 yards and 21 TDs. Simply put, it was electric. During his sophomore season, Manziel totaled 4,873 yards and 46 touchdowns before declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Cleveland Browns selected Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Concerns about his off-field behavior and size disadvantages caused him to slide in the draft and he ended up signing a four-year deal worth $8.25 million. This included a $4.3 million signing bonus and $6.7 million guaranteed. At the time, Manziel also signed endorsement deals with Nike and other major sponsors.
He earned a $420,000 base salary in 2014 and a $794,000 base salary in 2015. However, Manziel struggled both on and off the field. In 14 career games, Manziel completed just 57% of his passes while throwing for 1,675 yards with 7 TDs against 7 picks. He also ran for 259 yards and one score. His professional career also saw a stint in rehab, numerous late-night party photos and videos and a handful of questionable comments to the media.
In 2016, the Browns cut Manziel and he lost out on $2.173 million in guaranteed money as it was voided before Cleveland released him. According to his contract, guaranteed money could be voided if Manziel got in trouble for any of the following reasons: “A suspension imposed by the league under any policy; a suspension imposed by the team; failure or refusal to report, practice, or play; or leaving the team without prior written consent.”
2016 – Present
Manziel is not on an NFL roster as of this writing and has been released by the marketing agency LRMR, agents Erik Burkhardt and Drew Rosenhaus and nearly all of his sponsorships.
However, Manziel comes from a very wealthy family. His grandfather, Bobby Joe Manziel, made a killing after striking oil in the 1930s, and his parents have been successful as well. Michelle Manziel has enjoyed a well-respected career in real estate while Paul Manziel’s home building and car selling business ventures have thrived.
Maybe Johnny Football is just waiting for that trust fund to kick in.