One more chance? XFL commish leaves door open for John Manziel to join league forming in 2020
John (no longer Johnny) Manziel flamed out of the NFL and got banned from the CFL due to off-the-field issues. He then lost his job in the AAF through no fault of his own, as the league folded in embarrassing fashion.
Seemingly out of opportunities, it now appears the former Heisman winner from Texas A&M could find one more chance in pro football.
On Tuesday, Oliver Luck — the commissioner of the rebooted XFL, which will launch in 2020 — said on the “PFT PM” podcast that there’s a chance Manziel could play in the league (via Pro Football Talk):
“If he is able to meet our standards and if our coaches think he’s one of the top quarterbacks out there that can help us,” Luck said regarding whether Manziel may find work in the XFL. “Certainly we have no reason not to believe he couldn’t be in the mix. But again it’s really up to our coaches in terms of the quarterbacks they wanna take a look at.”
Previously, the league had said it wouldn’t employ players with criminal pasts, but it seems it may be softening on that stance.
Will Manziel end up in the XFL next year? We’ll find out soon enough, it seems.