The Browns have pushed quarterback Johnny Manziel halfway out the door.

The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning Manziel's actions and pointing to the club releasing him in March.

Manziel's off-the-field issues have been a problem almost from the day Cleveland drafted the Heisman Trophy winner in the first round in 2014. Last weekend, he was involved in a disturbance with his ex-girlfriend in Dallas that is being investigated by police and the NFL.

"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field," said Sashi Brown, the team's vice president of football operations. "Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules."

The Browns can release Manziel as early as Monday, the day after the Super Bowl. But salary-cap implications point to the move happening March 9, when the league's new year begins.

Manziel made strides on the field his second season but persists in finding trouble off it.

Manziel ended this past season by missing a medical treatment at the team's complex while his teammates were playing their home finale against Pittsburgh.

He's made eight starts in two seasons, going 2-6 with 1,675 yards passing, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Ex-Cowboy denies bets

Troubled former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle denied a report that he was cut by the team midway through the 2015 season in part because he was betting on sports.

Randle responded via text message: "No truth at all."

Shortly after his release from the Cowboys, Randle was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence incident involving an ex-girlfriend in April of 2015.

Randle, 24, resurfaced in the news Monday, being arrested by police in Irving, Texas, for an outstanding speeding warrant. He posted bail of $359.