Johnny Manziel reportedly signs deal to join AAF

Ross Houston
March 17, 2019

The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy victor was released from his CFL contract last month, with league officials announcing he had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M had his contract with the CFL terminated last month. "We completed extensive background work to determine whether it would be appropriate for Johnny to play this season, and after consulting with many people familiar with his situation, we concluded that it would be good for him to resume his pro football career here at The Alliance".

According to Shefter, Manziel would have been allocated to San Antonio, but the Commanders waived his rights, so the controversial quarterback will go through the league's waiver system.


In Memphis, Manziel could get an opportunity to play quickly. The Express lost quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Saturday, who left after their first offensive snap with an ankle injury - according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Polian also said he believes Manziel will benefit from "the coaching and mentorship" of Memphis coach Mike Singletary.

Adam Schefter of ESPN announced that Manziel would head to the Alliance of American Football, the nascent league in which every team has played five or six games so far in 2019. He washed out of the National Football League less than two years after the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round, making just eight starts and throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven). It said it would not honor a contract signed with any other CFL team but did not disclose Manziel's specific contractual violations.


The league's due diligence included an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence and a head-to-head meeting between Manziel and Ambrosie.

Manziel entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse in 2015 while still a member of the Browns. It took a few weeks, but Manziel has found a new home to continue his professional career back in the United States.


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