AAF already reviewing Johnny Manziel’s contract situation
That didn’t take long. Just hours after Johnny Manziel was released from his CFL contract, the AAF is already signaling interest. The upstart league co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bill Polian is “reviewing his contract situation,” according to Darren Rovell of The Action Network.
Rovell also writes that Manziel’s “rights will revert to San Antonio (because of playing at Texas A&M). If they don’t want him, would be a free agent.” It sounds like Manziel could end up with the San Antonio Commanders.
San Antonio’s current signal-caller is former Bengals draft pick Logan Woodside.
If Manziel does sign with the AAF, it would provide the league with an immediate publicity boost that it desperately needs. The league has received a decent amount of fan interest so far, but Manziel would take things to a new level. The AAF is currently lacking big names at the quarterback position, and Manziel would become an instant spectacle.
The league reportedly tried to lure Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick, but they were unsuccessful. They’re three weeks into the season, and the ratings have actually been pretty good. The AAF is attempting to establish itself as a minor league developmental system for the NFL, and they recently received a big investment from Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon.
Manziel released a statement earlier today saying that he looks “forward to exploring new options in the United States,” so he certainly sounds open to the idea. A first round pick of the Browns back in 2014, Manziel lasted just two years in the NFL. He started eight games, but quickly flamed out due to numerous off-field incidents.