Former Cleveland Brown quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement following his release Friday.

“I’d like to thank the Browns for the opportunity they gave me -- nearly two years ago, we all hoped that we were building what could be a championship team for Cleveland,” Manziel said in the statement. “I will always remember the support I received from the organization, my teammates and especially, the fans.”

The Browns announced they had waived Manziel in a news release at 11:30 Friday morning.