Johnny Manziel signs with AAF, report says

Heather Diaz
March 17, 2019

The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy victor was released from his CFL contract last month, with league officials announcing he had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

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

The beleaguered quarterback has signed with the Alliance of American Football and will play for the Memphis Express, according to the Associated Press, less than a month after being dismissed from the Canadian Football League. Christian Hackenberg started the Express' first three games but was relieved by Zach Mettenberger, who was injured Saturday and replaced by Brandon Silvers.

The statement from the Alliance said that Manziel "will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he'll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary". CBS Sports was able to confirm that Manziel would be joining the start-up professional football league after ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that the quarterback had signed a player agreement.

He was 2-6 as a starter with the Alouettes last season, completing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 per cent) for 1,290 yards with five TDs and seven interceptions after Montreal acquired him in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs. It said it would not honor a contract signed with any other CFL team but did not disclose Manziel's specific contractual violations. But Manziel had to fulfil certain requirements to join the league.

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Manziel entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse in 2015 while still a member of the Browns.

Manziel, 26, was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

The Commanders had the rights to Manziel because he played college football at Texas A&M.

Manziel was due a $75,000 bonus March 1 and scheduled to earn a $202,000 base salary in 2019.

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