Johnny Manziel’s brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes is over as the Canadian Football team announced the Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M has been released one year into his two-year contract. Along with this news, the CFL has informed all its clubs that it will not approve any contract for Manziel in the future.
Interestingly enough, Manziel’s release appears to be unrelated to his play on the field. According to a statement release issued by the Alouettes, Manziel failed to meet conditions asked of him by his contract, which made him eligible to play in the CFL.
“We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement,” said General Manager Kavis Reed via statement. “We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed.”
In order to become eligible to play in the CFL, Manziel had to get permission from the league’s commissioner and agree to conditions in order to play. While those conditions have not been made public, the CFL issued this comment upon his signing with the league:
Upon approval of a future contract with Manziel, the CFL issued a statement that said, “Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential.”
Manziel started eight games for the Alouettes last season, passing for 1,280 yards. He also added five touchdowns but had seven interceptions.