Manziel still looking at CFL, AAF possibilities

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats may be preparing to join forces with Johnny Manziel, but this doesn’t mean that Johnny Manziel is planning to join forces with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Per a league source, Manziel continues to explore all options, including both the CFL and the fledgling Alliance of American Football. And the AAF becomes a viable option when considering that the CFL continues to refuse to relent on its requirement that Manziel commit for two seasons. That would stop Manziel from joining the NFL until November of 2019.

However, the possibility lingers that the CFL will make a change in order to entice Manziel to come to Canada, allowing him for example to leave after one year, if he plays well enough to attract NFL interest.

Last month, Manziel played a pair of games in the Spring League. That has yet to result in an NFL offer for Manziel, before or (so far) after the draft.

From Manziel’s perspective, there’s no specific timeline for making a decision to join the CFL. The Canadian teams head to training camp later this month, but Manziel won’t necessarily decide before that happens.

17 responses to “Manziel still looking at CFL, AAF possibilities

  1. He needs to get up there from day one in training camp. Show he can do that, play well, and he will get another NFL shot. It is that simple.

  2. I’n not a Manziel fan or hater but I do got to say the CFL is hurting, why not let players sign 1 year deals. This way they can attract better talent, maybe people will watch more CFL.

  3. Please sign him so those of us who follow the NFL won’t have to read/hear about him.

    Mike Florio, I’m looking at you, brother.

  4. The CFL should seriously consider dropping the 2-year requirement. They could likely entice not only Manziel but a bunch of other players trying to prove something to the NFL.

  5. footballinla says:
    I’n not a Manziel fan or hater but I do got to say the CFL is hurting, why not let players sign 1 year deals. This way they can attract better talent, maybe people will watch more CFL.
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    Signing a bunch of guys to one-year deals so they can bolt to the NFL at their first chance isn’t going to help increase the CFL’s popularity. Season ticker-holders and others who attend or watch games regularly want to see a stable winner, not a revolving door of rental players with no identity or team chemistry.

  6. Johnny, go to the CFL, already. You ain’t going to see an NFL field without proving yourself at least two, maybe three years. If you think otherwise, your agent should be fired.

  7. This is like a sure-fire stud 1st rounder arguing over offset language. I do not see the problem with the 2 years. He will likely be in Canada until he is forty anyway. However, Johnny has never been one to help himself, so I am not surprised that he is arguing.

  8. This guy has not learned any lessons. He must have Drew Rosenhaus as an agent or is getting his advice from him. He also is not a person to learn from history – Doug Flutie, Jeff Garcia Joe Theisman or more recently Cameron Mann – go to the CFL and learn how to be a pro and execute a game plan and be a good person – then you might be able to at least have a little bit of a good track record – as of right now all you have Johnny is a broken track record.

  9. With the AAF starting in February a lot less players will opt to play in Canada , because of the 2 year CFL commitment.

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