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Report: Vikings came close to deal for pick that would have landed Manziel

Report: Vikings came close to deal for pick that would have landed Manziel

by Judd Zulgad
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Johnny Manziel was almost a Viking.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported via Twitter on Thursday night that the Vikings thought they had a deal in place with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 22nd pick in the first round.

However, Cleveland came in with a better offer and then selected the Texas A&M quarterback, ending Manziel's fall in the draft. The Browns sent the 26th pick in the opening round and a third-round selection to the Eagles. The Vikings did not have another 2014 first-round selection to offer.

There were many hoping that the Vikings would take Manziel with the ninth pick of the first round -- Minnesota moved back to No. 9 after swapping the eighth selection to the Browns -- but, instead, general manager Rick Spielman went with UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.

Manziel, who in 2012 became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, passed for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 759 yards. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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