Hamilton Tiger-Cats will “be patient” with Johnny Manziel

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL held onto negotiating rights to Johnny Manziel by offering him a contract earlier this month.

Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt responded to that by imposing a January 31 deadline to reach a “fair deal” with the quarterback or they will turn their “focus to several other professional options readily available to us.” In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez, Rick Neuheisel and Mark Dominik, Tiger-Cats General Manager Eric Tillman said he doesn’t feel rushed by the attempt to impose a deadline on Manziel returning to the field in Canada.

“A lot of stuff happens in the negotiation process,” Tillman said. “We have a lot of respect for Erik. Our meetings with Johnny have been good.  We’ll be patient. I know the deadline is there but will be fluid. There’s a lot of time between now and the beginning of camp [in May]. … There aren’t many benefits of being 60, which I am now, but one is that you learn the value of patience. [Burkhardt] is doing his job and trying to represent his client. Johnny certainly is a guy that was an elite player and has a high profile. I’m not going to negotiate obviously on the air but we understand that [deadline] is just part of the process.”

Tillman said Manziel’s accuracy was “absolutely ridiculous” in workouts for the team and that he thinks it will be “a win-win situation” if a deal can be worked out. It’s not clear what other options Manziel would pursue given the lack of NFL interest, although another one may make itself known later on Thursday.

20 responses to “Hamilton Tiger-Cats will “be patient” with Johnny Manziel

  1. They’re going to have to be. It may take him some time to find a Canadian blow dealer, figure out which bars are the best to hop around at, etc.

  2. “several other professional options readily available to us”
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    But none of them playing football. The NFL certainly is done calling and Hamilton has exclusive CFL rights at the moment. Johnny’s only shot back into the NFL would be signing quickly and quietly with Hamilton and showing he can play and not be a distraction.

  3. Look dude, either you want to play or you don’t. There’s plenty of ways for you to make money with your name off the field. There’s literally only one way left for you to make money ON the field. Take it or leave it.

  4. better sign him quick. mcmahon is gonna come calling

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    Thought the same thing. CFL will not be able to match what McMahon will offer him (of course all depends on when they start play).

  5. Johnny Manziel did best when scrambling then throwing it high for Mike Evans at Texas A & M. Hamilton Tiger-Cats probably need to make a good offer for Evans from Tampa Bay to make this work.

  6. If I were the GM, he wouldn’t get anything except a performance based contract until he proves himself over multiple seasons (of course not knowing how CFL contracts work this might not be an option).

  7. What transferable skills does this Knothead have to make a living outside of football? The Heisman folks have no use for him, no one will touch him, his agent is a rookie, if he does not get this kid on the field soon…he could be a mess in no time…

  8. That’s been Manziel whole problem since he entered the NFL, people have been too patient with him. Somebody needs to stand up to this kid and tell him he’s not all that and a bag of chips

  9. Each year, we get to hear from fans and pundits that .500 and even losing football and basketball TEAMS have ‘overcome adversity’ and ‘deserve’ a chance to compete in bowls or the NCAA basketball tournament.

    Yes, Manziel has managed his private life poorly. Yes, he wilted under the bright lights. But I would much rather see/read/hear about him taking advantage of a second chance than see if the 11th-best team in the Big East can ‘make a run’ in March.

    I will never understand why we are so forgiving of teams, yet so eager to see players fail.

  10. “What transferable skills does this Knothead have to make a living outside of football? The Heisman folks have no use for him, no one will touch him, his agent is a rookie, if he does not get this kid on the field soon…he could be a mess in no time…”

    Um, he’s already beyond a total mess. And while he probably has no skills to make a living doing something else, he doesn’t need any. Daddy is extremely wealthy and he’ll never have to work a day in his life.

  11. What transferable skills does this Knothead have to make a living outside of football?
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    Great question! Answer must be none. If there were any we’d already be hearing about them and not just about how to get back into football. Agent must be a real rookie if he throws that statement out there with no initiative showing to back it up.

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