Johnny Manziel set to join AAF, report says

Elena Summers
March 17, 2019

Manziel was suspended by the NFL in 2016 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but never pursued playing in the league again. Every team in the AAF will now have a chance to sign him in reverse order of the current standings, with the Memphis Express (1-5) getting first priority.

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

Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel signed with the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night and will join the Memphis Express.

After stops in the NFL and Canadian Football League, Johnny Manziel will continue his football career in the Alliance of American Football. They started with former Penn State standout Christian Hackenberg, who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 National Football League draft by the New York Jets.

Mettenberger had to leave Saturday's 22-9 loss to Salt Lake after suffering an ankle injury early in the game.


Just weeks after he was released by his Canadian Football League team and essentially banned from signing anywhere else, the former Heisman Trophy victor gets yet another shot to show that he has something left in the tank.

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".

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.

Manziel eventually ended up signing with Hamilton in May 2018 but was unable to get on to the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli.

Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, but quickly fizzled out there.

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