Manziel seems to be making one last effort to land with an NFL team

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So why is Johnny Manziel suddenly unleashing a media blitz? With a CFL team interested in his services for 2018, it could be that Manziel wants to take a final shot at getting a spot on a 90-man offseason NFL roster before committing to Canada.

One specific comment he made on the Pardon My Take podcast seemed to be particularly revealing. Manziel said that he started to get some interest from teams after the Super Bowl a year ago. So with this year’s Super Bowl over, and rosters expanded from 53 to 90, now would be the time to try to make a push to persuade an NFL team to give him another chance.

Personally I’d like to see Manziel get another chance. But here’s the problem: Who will trust him enough to give him one?

Four years ago, Johnny Football was all about football, so focused that his decision to take a one-day trip to the Nike facility in Oregon raised questions. Remember when he showed up for his Pro Day workout in pads and a helmet? He was committed. He was determined. And, as it appeared once he became a first-round pick, he was faking.

While off-field issues regarding substances of abuse can be overlooked if the situation can be gotten under control, the bigger problem with Manziel came from his lack of a nose-to-the-grindstone football work ethic. Indeed, with talk of his first NFL start looming during his rookie season, he ditched film and playbook study and headed out to an NBA game.

After 2014, Manziel spent weeks in rehab, making other changes aimed at proving that he was serious. It didn’t last.

So now he’s serious again, hopeful to get another chance in the NFL. What happens if he gets what he wants? No NFL team seems to be interested in finding out.

That’s why Manziel’s best bet continues to be going to Canada and becoming the next Doug Flutie, Warren Moon, or Jeff Garcia to parlay success in the land of poutine into a third chance to play pro football in the Manziel still thinks he belongs.

35 responses to “Manziel seems to be making one last effort to land with an NFL team

  1. “Remember when he showed up for his Pro Day workout in pads and a helmet?”

    So serious!!!! Pads and a helmet?!? Clear proof… Frankly, how is doing a bunch of interviews today being serious about football?

  2. Not going to happen. Play exceptional in the CFL with no bad behavior and you might get an invite to an NFL Camp. Sorry, Dude… I get playing the BiPolar Card, but you missed the opportunity and possibly ruined the New Baker Mayfield Show because of your bad personal decisions. Good Luck.

  3. I remember Packers head coach saying he would love to coach a mobile quarterback.. I bet they take a flyer on him,,,
    I think he is great qb coach. I know Hundley didn’t pan out, but he is otherwise successful at it.

  4. I would like for the bills to kick the tires on him but our current magament won’t touch him with a ten foot pole.

  5. Regret is a terrible emotion. He’s going to have to live with it for the rest of his life.

  6. That’s all fine and dandy…but he HIT A GIRL SO HARD THAT HE BURST HER EAR DRUM. That’s NOT an easy thing to do. You don’t just accidentally make it go poof. That’s now how that works…

    This is the most overlooked sin of Manziel. It shouldn’t be. Domestic violence is domestic violence. Why is this overlooked nearly every time his name is mentioned for making a comeback?

    As someone whose eardrum burst from a freak sports injury and was never able to heal despite multiple surgical procedures, I have complete and utter empathy for that poor woman. I have empathy for DV victims regardless, but this one hits a little closer to home. I hope her’s was able to fully heal. Because if it didn’t/doesn’t? It’s not fun, people. It’s not fun AT ALL…

  7. NFL brass likely dug deep enough on Manziel to find out the substance abuse started at such an early age. That Manziel’s mental capacity and maturity still equates to that of a teenager.

    And while you might get by with that playing linebacker (see Lawrence Taylor) or another position if you’re an exceptional athlete. It simply won’t fly as an NFL quarterback.

    Manziel is likely just too far behind both mentally and emotionally to ever catch up. Considering everything he has yet to even learn at the NFL quarterback level.

  8. I predict he goes to play in Canada, but gets kicked off the team after a few games because of his usual antics. He’s serious now, but it won’t last. He is what he is.

  9. I would say Manziel is a has been but I can’t because he is a never was. No NFL team wants to sign him and its not because of the luggage he carries with him, but because he’s just not a good QB. Period.

  10. Having watched CFL for many years,I have seen hundreds of US college quarterbacks flame out in the Canadian league disappearing as fast as they came. Manziel is not even a slam dunk to make a Canadian roster let alone dominate the league. NFL teams would be wise to play wait and see if he does anything worthwhile in exile. My guess is on not as playing QB in Canada is very hard in the bigger and wider field with only 3 downs to play with.

  11. I saw manziel play 1 tine in an NFL game. He played well. Was a gunslinger/playmaker in that game like he was in college. I don’t think he will wver get abother nfl shot. He really failed in cleveland

  12. Another chance? How many chances does this guy get? It’s not like he’s only messed up one, two, or even ten times. Eventually he needs to act like a grown up and learn to live in the real world like the rest of us. How about he takes that college education he has and gets a real job?

  13. This kid has a LOT to prove before getting another NFL shot. Prove he’s a grown-up. Prove he’s a professional. Prove he’s a worker. Prove he can play quarterback at a professional level. Prove he has his addictions under control. Prove he’s worth the risk and the money to a greater extent than the other QBs a team might be looking at. He was given every opportunity to succeed and blew it once already. Now he’s a huge longshot to ever become anything in pro football.

  14. Let him go to DC, Trump will hire him, since he’s checked the domestic violence box. He beat the hell outta his girlfriend. He led a helicopter chase, through his girl from a car or caused her to escape from a moving car.

    How has he earned a pass, while others are locked out? He should be starring in the next iteration of the LONGEST MILE.

  15. Personally I’d love to see him on a team playing a pre season game. I wonder what a good QB coach would do with his raw talent.
    Unfortunately a lot of people are correct here in stating his skill set isn’t NFL material BUT… RG3 was going great until the knee thing took his wheels away from him.
    It is easy to condemn him because of his substance abuse, it seems he has cleaned up and I for one think he could bring a lot of excitement to the League! Come on Minnesota give him a 3rd string shot!

  16. Canada sounds like they’d at least look at him so that is where he should go. Do his best, don’t cause any drama or problems, then hope somebody in the NFL is interested enough to kick the tires. But nobody in the NFL is going to talk to him unless he shows he’s turned over a new leaf.

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