It’s not often that a trade made by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a Canadian Football League team, registers as SEC news. This trade, however, is being reported by TSN as a move to clear cap space for the potential arrival of Johnny Manziel. The trade allows the Tiger-Cats to offer a player, such as Manziel, more than the league minimum.
The Tiger-Cats have the contractual rights to Manziel if the former Texas A&M quarterback chooses to play in the CFL. Manziel’s ultimate goal, obviously, is getting back to the NFL. The 2012 Heisman winner last took an NFL snap in the 2015 season. In March 2016, the Cleveland Browns released Manziel amid concerns with his off-field conduct and legal issues.
As pointed out by Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith, if Manziel plays for the Tiger-Cats, he will be signing a two-year contract, which would keep him out of the NFL for the 2018 and ’19 seasons. Alternatively, Manziel could look to play in the Alliance of American Football on a one-season deal and try to return to the NFL in 2019. Both options are assuming he does not receive an NFL training camp invite for 2018.
Last month, Manziel could be seen playing in the Spring League, another football minor league.
CFL training camps open later this month, meaning Manziel will have to make a decision on his football future relatively soon.