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Report: Johnny Manziel working with QB coach George Whitfield in hopes of reviving NFL career

(USA TODAY Sports)

Johnny Manziel is living in the San Diego area while training with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

Two months ago Manziel announced he had achieved sobriety without professional assistance and is determined to resume his career in the NFL.

“Football is his absolute focus right now,” Manziel’s publicist, Denise Michaels said via ESPN.

Michaels declined specifics on any potential NFL team workouts for Manziel, who was linked to the New Orleans Saints in an NFL Network report.

Manziel, 24, worked exclusively with Whitfield — whose client list includes Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger — during the pre-draft process in 2014. The two remain close friends. Manziel spends the majority of his time in California and returns to his native Texas on occasion.

Prior to the 2015 season, Manziel spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility in Eastern Pennsylvania. His two-year stint with the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him out of Texas A&M, ended with eight starts, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions.

The Browns decided to cut ties with Manziel mostly due his legal issues and off-the-field troubles, including being late for meetings or missing treatments.

If Manziel returns to the NFL, he is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL when he returns for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. His domestic violence case involving his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, is also still being reviewed by the league and could potentially lead to an additional suspension. Manziel will have the misdemeanor charge dismissed, however, so long as he goes to both anger management classes and a substance abuse program, among other conditions of the agreement.

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