The closest Johnny Manziel may come to football in 2013 is his nickname.
According to ESPN.com, a broker says that Manziel received $7,500 for signing approximately 300 helmets in January. It happened at the Walter Camp Football Foundation event, making it different from the paid autograph session in Miami, where Manziel allegedly engaged prior to the BCS National Championship game.
The broker showed ESPN videos of Manziel signing the helmets, which were shot for authentication purposes. Manziel reportedly can be heard on the video saying “you never did a signing with me.”
With two separate incidents, Manziel could be facing more than the five-game suspensions imposed on various Ohio State players in 2011 for receiving compensation for memorabilia.
While the broader question continues to be whether college football players should be allowed to receive compensation for autographs (even those like Manziel, whose family already has plenty of money), the rules won’t be changing before they are applied to Manziel.
Which means that Manziel ultimately could have an extended opportunity to prepare for the 2014 draft.
At least he wouldn’t end up with a bunch of bad 2013 game film to undermine a performance that was good enough last year to get him the Heisman Trophy.