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NFL notebook: Browns OT Thomas has advice for Manziel


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Cleveland Browns All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Thomas said quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is undergoing rehab treatment, will have to win back the trust of his teammates.

Thomas said Manziel “lost a lot of trust” after he named the starter late last season.

“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 told

“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.”

Manziel, selected by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, voluntarily entered treatment on Jan. 28. He played some weekend golf with his father in Shreveport, La., leading to speculation that he may be released soon from his rehab treatment.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Manziel could be out of treatment as early as this week.

—Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito said sitting out a year following the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal in Miami has been a “humbling” experience.

Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of the 2013 season for his role in the scandal in the Dolphins’ locker room. After being released by the Dolphins, he met with several teams in 2014 but wound up not playing.

“At the end of the day, humbling is the best way to describe the past year for me,” said Incognito, who spoke to reporters Monday on first day of the Bills’ voluntary workouts.

The Bills signed Incognito in February to a one-year contract after he met with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

—Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to meet with the NFL on Tuesday to talk about his playing status.

Peterson is eligible to be reinstated on April 15 after being suspended last season under the NFL’s personal conduct policy because of a child abuse case involving his son.

Peterson agreed to a plea deal in November to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. But the 30-year-old remains on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

The Vikings also signed free agent long snapper Kevin McDermott on Monday.

McDermott spent the final 10 weeks of the 2014 season with the Baltimore Ravens, appearing in seven games before being placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury.

—New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, seeking a new contract, is skipping the start of the voluntary offseason workout programs.

Jets coach Todd Bowles opened his first offseason program Monday without Wilkerson, according to reports. The Jets don’t have a mandatory event until June 9, their second minicamp.

Wilkerson played last season for only $1.2 million and is due to make $6.969 million in 2015, the amount of his fifth-year option. The Jets exercised the option last spring.

The Jets’ first-round pick in 2011, Wilkerson has established himself as one of the league’s top defensive linemen.

—Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Denarius Moore and the Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not released.

Moore, 26, gives the Bengals depth at a position that was decimated last year by injuries. In his first three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Moore compiled 130 receptions and 2,154 yards.

The fifth-year pro struggled last season, recording only 12 receptions for 115 yards in 10 games.

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