Johnny Manziel is headed back to the United States to play football, and it will be in Memphis, Tennessee. 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".
Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel has signed a player agreement with the Alliance of American football, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The San Antonio Commanders originally held Manziel's territorial rights in the AAF, but have passed on signing the Texas native and former Aggies star, Schefter reported. When asked about Manziel, Commanders GM Daryl Johnston said that teams generally try to avoid dealing with a "self-inflicted" disruption. The Express now boast a 1-5 record, and were the first team available to claim Manziel based on the league's waiver system. The former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns could be the fourth quarterback to play for the team this season. With a league-worst 1-5 record, the Express has not had much success in the passing game behind former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who left Saturday's game with an injured ankle. Brandon Silvers replaced Mettenberger after he suffered an injury during Saturday's loss.
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Johnny Manziel has played in the NFL, CFL, and The Spring League.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M had his contract with the CFL terminated this offseason.
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". He was traded to the Alouettes in 2018 and released on February 27.