Johnny Manziel says he’ll play in CFL if no NFL job materializes

AP

Comeback season came to College Station, Texas on Tuesday as Johnny Manziel took part in Texas A&M’s Pro Day as part of his effort to jumpstart his stalled NFL career.

Manziel has also worked out at the University of San Diego’s Pro Day and will be taking part in the Spring League next month in hopes of convincing an NFL team to take a shot on him. If not, Manziel says he’ll head elsewhere for what he recently called the last of his last chances to play pro football again.

“I’ve blocked it off,” Manziel said, via ESPN,com. “I can’t do anything, I can’t stress about it, all I can do is make sure I’m where I need to be. … All I can do is block it off. If something [with the NFL] pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine. One way or another, one day down the line, I’ll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I’m not going to stop until I do.”

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats control Manziel’s rights in the CFL and their vice president of football operations Kent Austin said earlier this month that the team is still keeping tabs on the quarterback. Austin said he expects things to move quickly after the Spring League wraps up its short season, so it may not be long before Manziel makes his way north.

27 responses to “Johnny Manziel says he’ll play in CFL if no NFL job materializes

  1. The fact this guy is even getting looks proves Kap is getting blackballed from the league. NFL: you can be a degenerate, just don’t protest systemic racism

  2. He needs to realize that his only path back to the NFL is through the CFL. No NFL team is going to sign him right now. If he goes to the CFL, “keeps his nose clean” and becomes the MVP of the league, then he might get a shot in the NFL.

  3. I wish the guy good luck. Before social media most of the younger NFL players partied just as much, if not more, as Manziel. Nothing out of the norm – we just have more judgmental people behind the social media apps.

  4. I wish the guy good luck. Before social media most of the younger NFL players partied just as much, if not more, as Manziel. Nothing out of the norm – we just have more judgmental people behind the social media apps.
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    I think you’ve clearly missed the entire story around Manziel. He showed up late to practice one Wednesday and he was hammered. Once he didn’t show up on a Saturday before a game and he was at home, high (with drugs sitting in the open) and he was drunk. One of his closest friends said he wouldn’t live to see 24 if he didn’t get help. He’s an addict, this isn’t “the norm” for young people. Young people party but they aren’t all struggling with addiction problems.

  5. ab420420 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    The fact this guy is even getting looks proves Kap is getting blackballed from the league. NFL: you can be a degenerate, just don’t protest systemic racism

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    He hasn’t been getting any looks (and please don’t say these ‘pro days’. That is not the NFL teams. That is the school that let him do this)

  6. The fact this guy is even getting looks proves Kap is getting blackballed from the league. NFL: you can be a degenerate, just don’t protest systemic racism

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    Nope. It means you can get a job if you refuse to disparage and disrespect iir flag and anthem.

  7. PrincePaul says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I think you’ve clearly missed the entire story around Manziel. He showed up late to practice one Wednesday and he was hammered. Once he didn’t show up on a Saturday before a game and he was at home . . .
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    Not the most atypical thing for a 21 year old kid. I am not going to judge the kid for it. Most of us had a crazy time of our life where we let ‘er snap a little more than we should have. Spent a night in the clink after a little rough-housing. Rode the night hard and put it away wet. Made out with 2 chicks at once instead of just one. GO Manziel – make us crazy party animals proud!

  8. There is now a Mrs. Johnny F. Football – he’s married. Internet model – hot.
    And apparently having a good effect on the lad.
    Also claims he’s been diagnosed as bipolar.
    Hope the changes last, not betting the house on it yet.

  9. PrincePaul says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    He needs to realize that his only path back to the NFL is through the CFL. No NFL team is going to sign him right now. If he goes to the CFL, “keeps his nose clean” and becomes the MVP of the league, then he might get a shot in the NFL.
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    I think this is hilarious cause he literally has to keep his nose clean…

  10. How many NFL castoffs have actually gone to the CFL and then made it back to the NFL? Anyone other than Doug Flutie?

  11. I agree that social media magnifies everything to suit its own specific purpose and goad the public into thinking what social media intends. Manziel was touted as a “punk” by the media and its insistence kept alive by magnifying every aspect of his apart from normal life-style. His so-called “drug abuse” is, basically, on a par with over half of the professional NFL players today; his alcohol abuse, likewise. His domestic violence against his girlfriend was, factually, less than a some of the NFL players still on teams and yet, social media doesn’t follow these felons around reporting every burp and belch, insinuating every sniffle as a “coke” problem, every late-for-work as the result of a drug-induced deep-sleep. I liked Manziel as a football player. And I still marvel at his football acumen and talent during games. I wish him well, and I wish his magic would be welcomed by an NFL team.

    And who among us has not awakened with a splitting headache caused by “the night before”? And how many of us were excoriated by social media for enjoying “the night before”?

  12. ab420420 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    The fact this guy is even getting looks proves Kap is getting blackballed from the league. NFL: you can be a degenerate, just don’t protest systemic racism
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    -NFL is a for-profit business, meaning owners are most concerned about their bottom line.
    -Kap & others kneeling chose to make a statement (an on the clock protest) on a issue they hold dearly.
    -The vehicle used during this protest (kneeling during the anthem) has upset some fans.
    -Upset fans have expressed their disapproval with decreased viewership, ultimately cutting into the NFL bottom line.
    -Owners have collectively decided to distance themselves from a person(s) and action(s) that cut into their bottom line…because remember, the NFL are a for-profit business.

    Am I missing something here?

  13. I find it interesting that there are a lot of commenters on this site saying they are happy about Manziel possibly getting another chance. I hope he does too because seconds chances should be granted for those who prove to be deserving. The thing that I find interesting is that Manziel’s past consists of drugs, partying, being an awful teammate, police run-ins, domestic disturbances, reports physical assault, you know bad stuff. Also 7TDs to 7INTs, 74RTG, 57%comp, and has 2-6 career record. Yet Kaep has multiple offseason surgeries, physically isn’t ready to start the season, plays the rest of the season (better than everybody claims on a team with almost no offensive talent and a gimmick college HC). Kaep for his career is 72TDs, 30INTs (4:1 ratio most reecently on a terrible team while not at full health), 88.9RTG, 60%comp, 32-32 career record, and also is a better athlete. Anyone with an object non-biased opinion would tell you that Kaep should be getting more interest and is way better than two thirds (if not three quarters) of QBs on rosters in the NFL right now. Could he go to Canada and play. Yes he could, but his resume and ability clearly states that he shouldn’t have to. I don’t know if it should be called “collusion” but something isn’t right. Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, Matt Barkley, Drew Stanton, Chad Henne, Chase Daniel, and Mike Glennon all recenetly signed contracts. You can’t with a straight face tell me any of those guys are better than Kaep. Even if he isn’t a great “system fit” his raw ability alone makes him a better option than any of the guys I listed below. Not to mention scrubs like Matt Cassel, Austin Davis, Kellen Clemens, TJ Yates, Scott Tolzein, and many others that were employed last year and even saw the field are better than Kaep. It’s all a big joke. Take off the tinted glasses and look at the raw data and analyze it non objectively. IDGAF about any SJW stuff. All I care about is ability on the football field and Kaep has it. He is worth a roster spot. Totally absurd. And in come the down votes from a certain demographic of commenters that care more about “get those sons of ______ off the field” than they do about being objective football viewers.

  14. ab420420 says:

    March 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    The fact this guy is even getting looks proves Kap is getting blackballed from the league. NFL: you can be a degenerate, just don’t protest systemic racism
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    Have you ever considered that maybe an average QB who brings along a ton of baggage with him just might not be worth the headaches and distractions?

  15. I hope the guy turns his life around, but I feel no sympathy for him losing his NFL shot. Manziel has had everything handed to him his whole life, and he expected the NFL to be no different. He was a first-round draft pick, and he did everything imaginable to squander his chance. There are a million guys that would kill for just one serious look from an NFL team. I’d like to see every one of those million guys get a chance before Manziel gets another one. I hope Manziel stays clean and I hope he finds meaning in his life, but I also hope it’s not on an NFL field.

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