Johnny Manziel Offered CFL Contract

Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has been offered a contract by the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, as the club announced today.Johnny Manziel (vertical)

The CFL announced in late December that a Manziel contract would be approved for the 2018 season, opening a 10-day window during which the Tiger-Cats — the club which has controlled Manziel’s contractual rights for some time — could ink the former Browns signal-caller. Now that Hamilton has indeed offered a deal to Manziel, it’s up to the ex-first-round pick to decide if he wants to head north of the border.

There’s every indication that Manziel does indeed want to join the CFL, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported last September that Manziel “very much wants” to sign with the Tiger-Cats or another CFL club. Manziel, whose original workout with Hamtilton reportedly didn’t go well, has evidently met the conditions set by the CFL in order to be approved for a contract. Those parameters included an in-person interview, a legal review, and an independent assessment of past off-field accusations against Manziel.

Manziel is still only 25 years old, but he hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2015 campaign. In eight career starts for the Browns, the former Heisman trophy winner completed 57% of his passes for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

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  1. txjags

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that in 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba “Spare Tire” Dixon.

    • Braves Homer

      It was actually just 3 TDs, Al’s knee touched the ground on that supposed 4th game winner and everyone knows it

      • txjags

        Only grads from Andrew Johnson question that epic game winner. It counted. The trophy is in the Polk High trophy case to prove it! Go Panthers!!

  2. Clark K

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Manziel was and is a better QB than Bortles ever will be

    • mcdusty31

      Blake Bortles begs to differ, he is currently leading his team to a 10-3 lead in an AFC Wild Card game…Johnny Football has quite a ways to go to get to that level

    • JT19

      College QB? Of course. Starting-caliber NFL QB? The fact that Bortles still has a job is all the evidence you need. Bortles is still bad, but not Manziel bad.

  3. itslonelyatthetrop

    Go, Johnny, Go- Johnny Be Good… and if he is, he’ll be a star in Canada.

  4. Realtexan

    Johnny football will screw this up to. Y’all watch and see. Something about that boy and money that don’t works. He should be long gone from football. This is a huge mistake by the CFL. It’s a stunt to try and fill the seats.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Realtexan is Mr. Good-News-Happy-Guy. I’m guessing out of the teams from the ol’ SWC, A&M isn’t yours?

  5. stubby66

    Let’s just hope he has grown up and learned from his mistakes. If he stays out of trouble I wish him the best

  6. Dtownwarrior78

    I cannot believe that little John-John Manziel IS STILL able to play with ANY team. This spoiled little a__hole shouldn’t be able to play anywhere. How many chances do you get these days? Wont bring up the name Kapernick b/c I know that’ll turn this discussion for the worst. But Manziel can get a contract doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING since Texas A&M and CK can’t after nearly winning a SB? Damn……

    • Polish Hammer

      Johnny was willing to hold a clipboard and go north of the border to prove his talent unlike the other clown that opted out of a contract and expects a starting job to be handed to him.

      • JT19

        I don’t think Kapernick was specifically saying he expected to be named starter; could be wrong so apologies if I am. He wanted low-end starter money (pretty sure his asking price was lower than what Glennon and Osweiler were making, and neither one had the success that Kapernick had) and at least a chance to compete for the starting position (based on who he signed with obviously). If he expected a starting spot, he wouldn’t have worked out for Seattle.

        Imo, he also opted out because he probably thought a fresh start for him and the 49ers was best for both sides. Either way, it still stands that Kapernick, for all his football flaws, is better than most of the backups in the league. Its obvious that the media circus/PR problem that would follow him to wherever he signed is a bigger reason why a team didn’t sign him as opposed to his contract demands and skills.

        • leostargensen

          He opted out because he was going to be released anyway. The niners had already made that clear. Made no sense to sit and wait for it when he could be a free agent sooner by opting out

          • Polish Hammer

            He can blame that strategy on his agent who restructured his deal to make it one that was a sure thing he’d be released. And despite the circus he generated, if somebody in the NFL things you’re going to help them they’d sign you. I don’t believe he was genuinely 100% interested in playing and wanted to go down as a martyr.

            • JT19

              You would normally be right with that second to last sentence (And despite…they’d sign you), but its clear there was another agenda with at least more than half of the owners with not giving Kapernick a workout or a contract. Again, Kapernick isn’t anything special, but could you honestly tell me with a straight face that Kapernick is worse than all of the other 32 backup quarterbacks in the league?

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