Footballer narrowly avoids disaster after cliff-dive goes wrong

Johnny Manziel's cliff-diving stunt almost ended in disaster. Image: Instagram

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is fortunate he wasn’t injured after a cliff-diving stunt nearly ended in disaster.

Manziel, 27, posted video of the incident on his Instagram page on Wednesday.

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In the video, Manziel can be seen trying to jump off a cliff into some water.

As he turns his back to the water, Manziel’s foot slips and he awkwardly falls off the cliff.

Luckily, Manziel was able to push himself away from the rocks. He clumsily dropped into the water and walked away from the incident fine.

Manziel poked fun at himself on Instagram, saying the fall was “flawless execution.”

After washing out of the NFL following the 2015 season, Manziel has attempted to continue his playing career in various leagues.

Manziel most recently played in the AAF, which folded in April 2019.

Johnny Manziel in action for the Cleveland Browns in 2015. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Panthers sign first-round pick

Meanwhile, the Panthers have signed Derrick Brown - the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft - to a four-year contract.

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound defensive tackle was a standout at Auburn, earning consensus All-America honours last season and finishing his college career with 170 tackles, 13 sacks and 33 1/2 tackles for loss.

He's expected to start right away for the Panthers under first-year coach Matt Rhule.

Brown is Carolina's first pick to sign.

Brown said on Twitter that he's thankful for this opportunity and “it's just the beginning of a marathon.”

with Associated Press