CFL, AAF could be potential Manziel destinations

AP

With #SpringLeagueSZN over, Johnny Manziel’s #ComebackSZN is on hiatus. The length of the break remains to be seen.

Surely, he hopes to be offered an NFL contract. It’s possible that a team will give him a spot on a 90-man roster before the draft or, even more possibly, after the dust settles on the draft and the post-draft land rush for undrafted free agents.

If that doesn’t happen, Manziel will have to decide whether to accept an offer to play for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The only problem? The CFL requires a two-year commitment.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the CFL won’t soften its rules to lure Manziel. The issue has been taken to the CFL league office, and possibly to the league’s ownership meetings. The Canadian league persistently and consistently refuses to give Manziel a way out.

The easiest path would be to provide Manziel with a buyout option. They just won’t do it. And that attitude potentially is keeping the CFL from getting a shot on a short-term basis at talented players who hope to attract the NFL’s attention, and who want the flexibility to be, essentially, called up.

If Manziel declines to play in the CFL, he could land a spot in the fledgling Alliance of American Football, an eight-team spring league that will launch in 2019. “Everything is on the table,” the source said; the AAF would give Manziel a chance to get game reps and then make it to the NFL before November 2019, the expiration of a two-year commitment in Canada.

However it plays out, Manziel seems to be determined to continue to play football. Given his improvement from Saturday to Thursday, who knows how effective he’d be if he gets more live reps?

22 responses to “CFL, AAF could be potential Manziel destinations

  1. Your going to an NFL camp, if not sign with the NFLs new league AAF, they are rolling out to beat the wrastlin guy from getting his league going…..The CFL aint an easy game as it looks for a QB

  2. “The easiest path would be to provide Manziel with a buyout option. They just won’t do it. And that attitude potentially is keeping the CFL from getting a shot on a short-term basis at talented players who hope to attract the NFL’s attention, and who want the flexibility to be, essentially, called up.”

    When has Manziel demonstrated that he is talented at the pro level? He had a very good college career, but so do many others who never make it in the pros.

  3. A 2-year contract is a non-issue it is going to take longer than that for him to build goodwill and repair his reputation in the NFL. Short of a Grey Cup, I do not see anything he can do up north to get a starting job in the NFL in the next two years.

  4. This is Johnny Manziel’s problem in microcosm. He wants back in the NFL so bad but is scared off by a 2 season commitment to the CFL. No NFL team is going to take a chance on him until he proves he is a football player and not a scandalous C-list celebrity. And if he wants to make it in the NFL he has to put some game tape for NFL scouts to review. 4 cumulative quarters of Spring League doesn’t cut it. Manziel should embrace the CFL. Not use them as a last resort.

  5. “Will Johnny Manziel’s actions match his words?”…….. no…… See, that wasn’t so hard.

  6. Seahawks honestly could have Manziel as backup, big gamble they have done yearly. However if he does have it together, might pay off in a couple years as trade fodder

  7. Johnny Manziel’s real problem is Johnny Manziel! To be a success at almost anything, you have to put in a lot of time, energy and work. That goes double if you want to be a pro sport athlete. In college sports, an athlete may be able to get to be a star on his ability and desire. As a professional, you simply have to put in a ton of work to separate yourself from the rest. To date, Johnny just won’t put in the work and commitment necessary to be a pro athlete. Johnny still likes to be that college party boy too much.

    I doubt any NFL team would sign Manziel until he makes a commitment to any team and starts working at his craft. Take the CFL’s 2 year commitment and move on with your life. Prove what you can do. Then, and only, might an NFL offer come!

  8. Two years in the CFL could do him some good. First, if he can stay clean for two years that would mean some NFL could possibly trust him. Secondly, it will give him time to learn how to play QB instead of playing sandlot football. If he did well in Canada then maybe some NFL team would give him a chance. He still doesn’t realize that his two-year partying tour means nobody trusts him.

  9. AAF isn’t an NFL league. It is an independent league that might or might not be a showcase for talent that flies under the NFL radar, which Manziel does. Personally I believe his better shot is with the CFL. Plenty of QBs have thrived there and then gone on to play in the NFL (many have not) but the AAF will have early questions about rules and talent – kind of like the Spring League. Great that you ran for two TDs. But you were playing against the C Team.

  10. ” And that attitude potentially is keeping the CFL from getting a shot on a short-term basis at talented players who hope to attract the NFL’s attention, and who want the flexibility to be, essentially, called up.”

    I would imagine that’s exactly why the CFL has that rule in the first place.

  11. I am a Canadian and prefer the NFL by a long shot; however don’t kid yourself the CFL is a QB’s dream league. They throw on 85% of the plays. True QB’s love that they just get to wing it all over the field. Doug Flutie, Joe Thiesman and Warren Moon all played up here. When Ricky Williams played up here he said it was the most fun he ever had playing. Plus we are legalizing dope across the country this summer.

  12. Manziel is an offensive coordinator’s worst nightmare. He won’t run the playcalls and will just improvise. Meanwhile, he will find out the hard way that his athleticism in college won’t help him as much in the pros. People claim he “won” and also got the Heisman. So what. Most Heisman winners are busts in the NFL and they all one as well. See Tebow, Leinart, Jason White, RG3, and every single state of Florida QB since 1990.

  13. If he thinks he’ll be starting in the NFL within two years then he needs to spend more time in detox. You’d think by now he’d understand that swagger without skill is useless. The reason he’s a joke is that his play has never lived up to his talk.

    Manziel got sacked by Michael Sam, who isn’t on any team’s radar. That’s saying something.

    The CFL is a better fit for Manziel. In college, he’d run around the backfield and then throw the ball up for grabs. The wider CFL fields will give him more opportunities to make plays with his legs. Also, less media scrutiny makes it a better place for him to learn that throwing the ball up for grabs is ok in schoolboy football, but doesn’t work against more talented DBs.

  14. If Kaperdink was truly interested in playing, he would go to the CFL or AAF and prove to the NFL owners how wrong they are. Unfortunately, we all know he is not really interested in playing football anymore.

  15. Manziel needs to stay off social media and totally focus on whatever football opportunity he can get. It is abundantly clear that most people won’t cut him any slack, I just don’t think he needs to read all of the negativity that is online. I think it would be too tempting for him to respond to it.

  16. what’s the penalty for not staying 2 years….so the cfl won’t hire you again….no biggie….

  17. “And that attitude potentially is keeping the CFL from getting a shot on a short-term basis at talented players who hope to attract the NFL’s attention, and who want the flexibility to be, essentially, called up.”

    The CFL and its fans could care less. All we want to do is watch football from June to November and hope our team wins the Grey Cup.

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