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Browns get a ticket boost from Johnny Manziel

NFL: 2014 NFL Draft

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures as he walks across the stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Penner

Johnny Manziel isn’t only good for the television business.

The new quarterback helped spark some interest where it matters most to the Browns — the bottom line.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns sold more than 1,000 season tickets (new customers and renewals) within the first hour after the end of the first round.

It’s amazing that eighth-overall pick Justin Gilbert has that kind of drawing power.

Manziel will be an object of fascination among Browns fans (and let’s face it, the rest of us) for some time.

But the early interest will also make it harder for the team to holdup to the stated premise that Brian Hoyer is the quarterback of the present.