Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Johnny Manziel gets AAF shot amid latest football fail

Johnny Manziel gets AAF shot amid latest football fail

He spent less than a calendar year playing in Canada, first for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, then for the Montreal Alouettes, but on February 27, the league said the former NFL first-round draft choice and 2012 Heisman Trophy victor "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play" and forced Montreal to cut him from its roster.

The AAF's San Antonio Commanders held Manziel's rights but declined to add him.

Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel has signed a player agreement with the Alliance of American football, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Teams with the worst records in the league will get the chance to pick him up, according to ESPN. The Canadian league said he violated his agreement with it, but has offered no specifics. The Express lost to the Salt Lake Stallions 22-9 in Week 6, losing quarterback Zach Mettenberger to an apparent ankle injury on their first offensive play.

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Manziel will be immediately eligible to play for the Express, an AAF spokesperson said. Mettenberger had replaced Christian Hackenberg as Memphis' starter, so coach Mike Singletary could look to Manziel to lead his squad. He went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in 2014. He also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs. The CFL also effectively barred Manziel from joining any other team in the league. But Manziel had to fulfil certain requirements to join the league.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and passed for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Aggies.

The Commanders had the rights to Manziel because he played college football at Texas A&M. Manziel's departure left Montreal with five quarterbacks on its roster (Vernon Adams Jr., Jeff Matthews, Antonio Pipkin, Matthew Shiltz and Canadian rookie Richard Hugo).

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