Johnny Manziel: I Was “Close” To NFL Deal

Johnny Manziel is heading north of the border to suit up with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Before agreeing to play in Canada, Manziel believes that he was on the cusp of landing an NFL contract.

I think it was close,” Manziel said (via PFT). “I did reach out and talk to multiple teams and coaches I had met in my first couple years in the league.

Ultimately, Manziel says he did not want to squander his opportunity to get things going in the CFL given the time that has passed since his last professional snap. In theory, Manziel could have waited for something to materialize in the NFL, or for a non-binding short-term deal in the Alliance of American Football in 2019, but he did not want to sit on the sidelines any longer.

It was really the wait,” he said. “I didn’t want to get into something down the road where I’m waiting until August, waiting until training camps open, and then if something doesn’t transpire I’m getting here late.”

Manziel agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Ti-Cats – the minimum length of a deal in the CFL – and it contains no possible outs for the NFL, as stipulated by league rules. In theory, the Ti-Cats could grant a request for release between now and 2020, but they are under no obligation to do so.

For now, it looks like Manziel will not resurface in the NFL before the end of this decade.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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17 comments on “Johnny Manziel: I Was “Close” To NFL Deal

  1. Z-A

    If this dummy didnt take a min deal from any team he deserves to not play ever again.

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    • mgraub00

      This is a pretentiously rude comment. I would be glad to see somebody turn his life and career around.

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      • ttinsley1434

        You ladies are always getting your feelers hurt. It’s called freedom of speech, Snowflake. Let it go.

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          • cka2nd

            The biggest “snowflakes” in sports are those football fans who say they’ll drop their home team or pro football altogether if their team signs Colin Kaepernick. Whiniest quitters with the most delicate feelings around.

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  2. marshmallowman

    he was offered an nfl job is as likely as i am to go to the moon.

    non-story

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  3. aias

    I am already looking forward to tomorrow’s Manziel post and the nasty comments that will follow!

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  4. itslonelyatthetrop

    I don’t think anything was real except some goodwill. If he does well in the CFL and keeps his life in order, teams will seriously look at him again. And those teams that gave him their time now will get a spot at the front of the line.

    It’s a chance to gain without risking anything. But, still a long shot.

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  5. stug14

    He’s not lying. The Lions offered him a deal holding the 1st down marker but he wanted to hold out for the coveted ball boy position.

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  6. brewcrewbernie

    I was at Lambeau Field last weekend, I guess was close to a deal too.

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  7. Hamilton now has Jeremiah Massoli and Johnny Manziel. They are the Cincinnati Bengals of the CFL.

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