"I heard that story too, and it's beyond laughable," Pettine said of an ESPN Cleveland report while at the Browns Foundation golf outing in Aurora, Ohio.
Pettine also said Manziel was in the conversation at No. 4, the only quarterback the Browns considered with their top pick.
ESPN's affiliate in Cleveland reported Monday that, after trading up to the No. 22 pick, Browns general manager Ray Farmer had selected Bridgewater in that spot. A source told ESPN Cleveland that the card prepared to be given to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the official announcement originally had Bridgewater's name on it. Then, with 10 seconds left in the team's turn, the card was replaced with one bearing Manziel's name.
Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said the report is "completely false" and that he was in the team's draft room when the club traded up from No. 26 to No. 22 to draft Manziel.
"That is not true," Gilbert said. "I was in the draft room. That didn't happen."
Team owner Jimmy Haslam, speaking Monday to reporters at a Browns charity event and a luncheon at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said of the report: "That's crazy. That's nuts."
He added that the pick was "solely Ray's call" and stressed that Farmer "made the trade, picked Johnny Manziel. There's no doubt that Ray makes those calls."
Farmer vehemently denied Saturday that Haslam dictated the Manziel pick.
"I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Jimmy Haslam at no point demanded, requested, tried to influence the process in any way," Farmer said. "He definitely asked questions, he'll definitely give his opinion of what he thinks, and all of those things are fine.
"But at the end of the day, he trusted the football staff to make the decisions that we thought were the right decisions for this football team."