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Johnny Manziel hopes to 'take care of the issues,' play in 2016

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27: of the Cleveland Browns of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on December 27, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27: of the Cleveland Browns of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on December 27, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Free agent Johnny Manziel is committed to getting his act together in hopes of returning to the field this season, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback told USA Today on Tuesday.

"I'm hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016," Manziel said in a statement. "I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me."

This declaration comes on the heels of the 23-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner's reported release by agent Drew Rosenhaus amid a swirl of behavioral concerns. Rosenhaus was the second agent to drop Manziel in two months.

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A domestic violence case against Manziel, in which he is accused of hitting an ex-girlfriend, is also going to grand jury in Dallas this week.

"So many people only have one image of Jonathan but, believe it or not, he takes all this very seriously," Manziel spokesperson Denise Michaels told USA Today. "He's hoping that he can clear up his personal issues, start interviewing agents and see what he needs to do if he wants to play this year."