Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel must earn back Browns' trust

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel took a break from his rehab treatment facility over the weekend to play golf with his father in Louisiana. Ten weeks ago, Manziel went into rehab for his substance dependency. Manziel will need to repair relationships in the locker room with eight-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas telling ESPN Cleveland that Manziel has to earn back trust. “I think he’s going to have to prove to the team that football is important and being the man, being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, is important, it is his goal, his single goal in his life,” Thomas said. "You know, I think he lost probably a lot of trust among the guys on the team last year by the way he handled himself once he became the starter. And I think he had a lot of time to reflect, I’m guessing, after the season was over by the comments he made in the media and by his actions, checking himself into rehab. "I think those were really positive steps. I’m hoping when we comes back in April we see a new Johnny and everybody’s blown away with his commitment. And I think he’s got the talent, so it’s just a matter of if he commits himself to it, we can have a really good quarterback on our hands. Yeah. Everyone wants to talk the good talk in the media, and that includes Josh Gordon, but it’s your actions that really are telling to your teammates about if you really mean what you say." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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