Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signs player agreement with AAF

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signs player agreement with AAF

The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor will go through the AAF waiver system, per Schefter, after the San Antonio Commanders renounced his college allocation rights. Manziel was released by the CFL on February 27, citing Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and passed for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Aggies.

The AAF, now in its first season, says Manziel will report Sunday to Memphis after the Express lost to Salt Lake, 22-9, on Saturday to fall to 1-5 on the year. The Canadian league said he violated his agreement with it, but has offered no specifics. Christian Hackenberg started the Express' first three games but was relieved by Zach Mettenberger, who was injured Saturday and replaced by Brandon Silvers.

In Memphis, Manziel could get an opportunity to play quickly.

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 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. Manziel also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs. The CFL also effectively barred Manziel from joining any other team in the league. But Manziel had to fulfil certain requirements to join the league.

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

Manziel's CFL action was his first in pro football since December 2015.

Johnny Manziel is headed back to the United States to play football, and it will be in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

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