Johnny Manziel likely will be cut by the Cleveland Browns next month. If and when that happens, the quarterback's search for a new team will take place without the help of agent Erik Burkhardt, who announced Friday he's dropping Manziel as a client.
"It is with deep regret that, after several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors and my client himself, I have made the decision to terminate my professional relationship with Johnny Manziel," Burkhardt said in a statement.
"Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands. His family and I have gone to great lengths to outline the steps we feel he must take to get his life in order. Accountability is the foundation of any relationship, and without it, the function of my work is counterproductive.
"I truly wish the best for Johnny and sincerely hope he can, and will, find the kind of peace and happiness he deserves."
Ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley accused Manziel of striking her several times last weekend. The Fort Worth and Dallas police departments have closed their investigation of the alleged incident without charging Manziel with any crime.
Manziel denied assaulting Crowley during an interview with TMZ.
Earlier this week, the Browns released a statement indicating they will release the first-round pick from 2014 once they can make roster moves in March.