Johnny Manziel signs agreement to play in the AAF
Johnny Manziel is playing in a new football league. No, it’s not the NFL.
Manziel, the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns and a recent Canadian Football League flameout, signed an agreement Saturday to play in the Alliance of American Football, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
According to Shefter, Manziel would have been allocated to San Antonio, but the Commanders waived his rights, so the controversial quarterback will go through the league’s waiver system.
Memphis, which has a 1-5 record and has had trouble with its quarterback situation, will hold the first waiver claim once Manziel goes through the system. The Express, who have struggled offensively all season, are on their third quarterback, starting with former Jets bust Christian Hackenberg, followed by Zach Mettenberger.
Mettenberger had to leave Saturday’s 22-9 loss to Salt Lake after suffering an ankle injury early in the game. Brandon Silvers played the majority of the game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 242 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.
Manziel, who had reportedly been looking to join the league, will bring much-needed star power to the struggling AAF. He immediately becomes one of the biggest name draws in a league with few NFL first-round picks. One of the more notable former NFLers playing in the league is Birmingham running back Trent Richardson.
Manziel was released by the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes in February after he broke an agreement he had with the league that allowed him to play. The league also barred him from signing with another CFL team. The reason for his release is still unknown, but apparently AAF officials were not turned off from giving Manziel another shot.
Standard AAF contracts are for three years and $250,000. Nevertheless, players can earn more in incentives. Plus, Manziel could be a drawing card for the league.