Johnny Manziel reportedly signs agreement to play in the AAF

Silvia Morton
March 17, 2019

He will now go through the league's waiver system, as the San Antonio Commanders released his allocation rights.

Johnny Manziel has signed a player agreement with the AAF and will join the Memphis Express, according to a release from the Alliance.

Johnny Manziel has been signed by the Alliance of American Football and will join the Memphis Express. Manziel was released by the CFL on February 27, citing Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy victor last played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018, where he threw for almost 1,300 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games. Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger was injured Saturday and unable to return to the team's 22-9 loss at Salt Lake and his status is uncertain.

Polian also said he believes Manziel will benefit from "the coaching and mentorship" of Memphis coach Mike Singletary.

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The 26-year-old Manziel passed for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns in eight games last season with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, which acquired him in a mid-season trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being picked up in the 2014 National Football League draft, but went 2-6 as their starting quarterback. He also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs.

Manziel was released by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League earlier this month.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced in December 2017 that the league would approve a contract for Manziel, who at the time was on the Tiger-Cats' negotiation list.

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

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