Last week Derek Carr was asked by Peter King on SI’s MMQB if he would like to help Johnny Manziel to help Johnny Manziel get his NFL career back on track and Carr responded with a resounding “Absolutely, man.”
The two were draft classmates, with Manziel being chosen at pick 22 to the Browns and Carr going to Oakland at pick 36. They were at the combine together and, as is often the case, Carr had glowing things to say about his fellow draftee.
“I spent a lot of time around him,” Carr said of Manziel. “He’s such a good dude. I obviously wish him the best, you know I hope that … hopefully one day he’ll reach out, [I’d] be able to talk to him and be a friend to him.”
“Because he’s so talented, so I understand why he was drafted where he was. He could throw, could run, a dynamic athlete, dynamic player. Obviously he just had a little trouble. He’s still young though, so hopefully he'll get another chance someday and he'll be alright.”
Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner, quickly saw his NFL career die in Cleveland. He lasted just two seasons with 8 starts before being let go. Much of that had to do with an alcohol problem.
These days, Manziel is back at Texas A&M, taking classes toward his degree.
Catching the news that Carr wanted to help him, Monday he sent a tweet taking him up on his offer.
Appreciate that @derekcarrqb wish you nothing but the best and I'll gladly take you up on that offer— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) December 12, 2016
Carr then responded on Twitter by saying “absolutely bro! I'll be in touch for sure.“
It would be a hell of a story if this gesture led to Manziel getting his life turned around. He’s still just 24 years old, so there’s plenty of time for him to make get straightened out and make another run at the NFL.