Johnny Manziel will pursue playing football back in United States
Johnny Manziel was released by his CFL team today, and he isn’t wasting any time with his next step. Just hours after his release, Manziel released a statement on the matter, per Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com.
Manziel thanked CFL fans and said he was looking to get back to playing football in the United States:
“I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans. My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.”
One option that would make a ton of sense for Johnny Manziel would be the newly founded AAF. That being said, it’s unclear if the league would take him at this point as they’re already three weeks into their season.
If that doesn’t work out, he could look to play in the AAF next season, or try to latch on with the XFL when they restart operation next year.
Circumstances weren’t immediately made clear, but some sort of fallout happened between Manziel and the CFL. The league essentially banned him, saying they wouldn’t allow any other CFL teams to sign him.
The general manager of the Montreal Alouettes indicated that Manziel had violated some of the terms of his contract.
Manziel was a first-round pick of the Browns back in 2014, but flamed out pretty quickly. He lasted just two years with the Browns, and started eight games for the team before they moved on after many highly publicized off-field incidents.
Manziel is still a household name and would be a huge get for either of the upstart leagues.
It’s still possible but not too likely that he could get another shot in the NFL in a training camp this summer.