Johnny Manziel announces he'll play in the CFL
Johnny Manziel is officially coming back to football, just not the NFL.
On Saturday, Manziel announced via Barstool Sports and Twitter that he would sign a CFL contract and return to professional football.
“I am formally signing in the CFL,” he said, via Barstool Sports. “I have decided to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I’ll be up here for it looks like two years. I’ll be getting back to playing ball. That’s what I want to do.”
Manziel hadn’t played organized football since he was let go by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016, and this spring, Manziel participated in The Spring League, a non-paying development league.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have rights on Manziel for two years, and the earlier he could get back to the NFL would likely be in 2020.
Manziel had been hoping to draw NFL interest over the last few months, but if he has two good years in the CFL, perhaps he’ll get another NFL shot.
Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break. Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 19, 2018