Tiger-Cats, Manziel continue to have mutual interest

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats remain keenly interested in signing Johnny Manziel, and Manziel remains keenly interested in playing for the Tiger-Cats.

The strongest clue comes from Wednesday’s statement from team V.P. Kent Austin, who said that the team isn’t “interested in signing Johnny right now.” It’s hardly a blanket disclaimer of interest at any time, as reinforced by his ongoing presence on the team’s exclusive negotiating list.

The Tiger-Cats are keeping a low profile on this one. right now. After the failed effort to hire Art Briles, the organization is likely fearful of making any other moves that could invite any other scrutiny. After the Briles-fueled furor dies down, that likely will change.

Manziel’s interest in the Tiger-Cats was made obvious by the fact that he worked out for them. While teams typically work out players they may not be interested in signing, players rarely work out for teams they’re not interested in joining.

To his credit, Manziel finally has realized that his path back to the NFL consists of playing in the CFL, an approach taken by plenty of players who later became stellar performers in the NFL, such as Cameron Wake, Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia, Doug Flutie, and Joe Theismann. Too many players who see their NFL careers end early chose to wallow in the perception that they were treated unfairly (cough, Tebow, cough) instead of risking the possibility of going to Canada and having the criticism of his skills confirmed.

And, yes, once it’s clear that his NFL opportunities have expired, Colin Kaepernick should play in the CFL, too.

15 responses to “Tiger-Cats, Manziel continue to have mutual interest

  1. Note also that the CFL is already part-way through its season. The Tiger-Cats are currently 0-8 with 10 games to play.

  2. Signing Johnny is similar to inviting a Kardashian to a party ….. You know it won’t go well but at least you will have press coverage

  3. “were treated unfairly (cough, Tebow, cough)”

    When did Tebow say that? He said he only wanted to play QB and only wanted to play in the NFL. He didn’t say it was unfair if they didn’t let him.

  4. isn’t this the same team that hired art briles (ex-baylor coach), then immediately dropped him after the backlash hit? makes sense.

  5. “were treated unfairly (cough, Tebow, cough)”

    When did Tebow say that? He said he only wanted to play QB and only wanted to play in the NFL. He didn’t say it was unfair if they didn’t let him.
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    You are correct. The reason he inferred Tebow was treated unfairly, if you can define that in NFL terms, it’s because he sort of was. The cowardly NFL was afraid of his celebrity. They don’t realize how Jerry Jones has maintained the RELEVANCE of the Dallas Cowboys through some very tough years. He welcomes celebrity!!! This game is sports ENTERTAINMENT!!! And he gets how valuable that is. Too many teams think it is solely about football, as if that makes them one ounce better.

  6. 0-8 and need to sell tickets? Sign Manziel. He won’t take them to the playoffs but will draw interest & curiosity with fans.

  7. Tebow wasn’t good enough at quarterback. I think he could have had a successful career as an H-back or tight end.

  8. regaliaimagewear says:
    August 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    You are correct. The reason he inferred Tebow was treated unfairly, if you can define that in NFL terms, it’s because he sort of was. The cowardly NFL was afraid of his celebrity.
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    No they weren’t. Tebow was given several opportunities to prove himself, and he failed.

  9. I know the CFL is peripheral at best in the US. What kind of attention does it get in Canada? Does it have a smaller but loyal following like the MLS does in the US, or is it like Triple-A baseball or what? I’m curious.

  10. Some have said that Tebow was given several opportunities and failed. Well Manziel was given several chances by Cleveland to clean up his act and he would not – he could not stop the party. When an agent drops a player like Manziel’s agent did with him, that means the agent gave up on Manziel getting his act together – that was a big statement made about Manziel.

  11. “… plenty of players who later became stellar performers in the NFL, such as Cameron Wake, Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia, Doug Flutie, and…”

    Wait, Doug Flutie? I mean, sure, his final play was a drop kick for an extra point, and that’s special and all, but that one play made him a stellar performer in the NFL?

  12. CFL is very popular in our western provinces, popular in Quebec but so-so in Ontario, especially in the GTA (greater Toronto area). Our version of ESPN (called TSN) does a marvellous live coverage of the CFL games weekly.

  13. Wait, Doug Flutie? I mean, sure, his final play was a drop kick for an extra point, and that’s special and all, but that one play made him a stellar performer in the NFL?

    He led the Bills to the playoffs once, I think that Bills fans would call that stellar these days. But seriously, he did have a couple 3000-yard seasons, though the rest of his years he didn’t get to start more than ten games.

    As for the TSN coverage, I always tuned in from Detroit on channel 9 for the Thanksgiving Day game in early October back in the day. It’s a fun league.

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