Johnny Manziel says he’s heading to the CFL

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Johnny Manziel’s next stop will be the Canadian Football League.

Manziel, the former Browns draft bust, said in a video distributed by Barstool Sports that he is heading to Canada.

“I am formally signing in the CFL,” he said. “I have decided to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I’ll be up here for it looks like two years. I’ll be getting back to playing ball. That’s what I want to do.”

Manziel also said he will have a formal partnership with Barstool Sports in which he’ll do a regular podcast that documents his time in Canada.

CFL rules require a two-year contract, so Hamilton will have Manziel’s rights in 2018 and 2019, and the earliest Manziel could get back to the NFL would be late in the 2019 season, which likely means it would be 2020 at the earliest.

Of course, Manziel’s other option was probably never to play in the NFL again: He wasn’t drawing any NFL interest. If he has two good years in the CFL, perhaps he will.

59 responses to “Johnny Manziel says he’s heading to the CFL

  1. There’s a dearth of solid back-up QB’s in the NFL. Dallas and Jerry Jones should have signed him. Dak has no capable back up as well as many other NFL teams who will fall apart when their starter goes down. Depth is critical. Manziel was low cost,low risk signee.

  2. I hope they low balled him on contract. First he won’t accept the offer for three months until he exhausts all NFL possibilities (showing he doesn’t want to play for them). Then he states “I’ll [only] be up for two years”. No commitment as usual for this guy.

    Good lord Texas fanboys sure ruined this kids brain

  3. birdsfan7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    That”s where you end up when you are not good enough for the NFL
    ——-
    Warren Moon, Cameron Wake, Joe Theismann and Jeff Garcia would disagree with you.

  4. kamthechancellor says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Take notes Kaepernick.
    ——
    Different situation; let’s not pretend otherwise due to political differences. Kaepernick could go be Doug Flutie in the CFL for 2 years and that would not eliminate the reasons that no NFL team would sign him today. Manziel, on the other hand, has yet to show any on the field reason for a team to want him, plus has real off the field issues – criminal behavior, alleged violence toward women. You know, real questions about his performance and character, not peaceful protest and philanthropy. If Johnny stays out of trouble and plays well, that helps him. But that sort of thing doesn’t change kaep’s situation at all.

  5. kamthechancellor says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Take notes Kaepernick.
    ——————-

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Karpernick. Sorry if you don’t like him personally but you should at least try to make sense

  6. I was as big of a Manziel hater as there was, didn’t like his act at A&M— and I love brash and outspoken people, generally, but for whatever reason I just was very put off by him.

    But now I see this kid had some problems that were just bigger than him, bigger than most people. Here’s hoping that he pulls everything together, stays clean, and gets his career back on track, SOMEWHERE. Kid has the electric gene on him, and as football fans, we should all hope we get to eventually see that on a professional field. Good luck, Johnny!

  7. niners816 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 11:02 am
    birdsfan7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    That”s where you end up when you are not good enough for the NFL
    ——-
    Warren Moon, Cameron Wake, Joe Theismann and Jeff Garcia would disagree with you.
    ————————————
    As well as Doug Flutie…

  8. good for him. stay humble. do great then be a backup in the NFL and then be a starter in 2020. good luck J.

  9. Good Luck. The guy has only been on one team. The guy should have gotten another shot on another team in the NFL. I mean a team can drop a guy and have no cap hit with the right contract or minimal. This is stupid that he even has to sign with Canada after being on only one team. I mean he was not trying to become a Priest of a Parrish or something. ITS JUST FOOTBALL for goodness sake’s.

  10. daddeeo says:

    Good lord Texas fanboys sure ruined this kids brain
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    He won the Heisman while at Texas. As a freshman. Did you expect the fans to boo him?

  11. daddeeo says:

    Good lord Texas fanboys sure ruined this kids brain
    ===============================================

    He won the Heisman while at Texas. As a freshman. Did you expect the fans to boo him?
    ====================
    He went to Texas A&M, kiddos.

  12. I don’t if anybody even considers the alternative of Manziel playing in Canada and either sucking or maybe even worse, being average? Count me among the skeptical that he can play QB at a higher level, Canadian or the NFL.

  13. I personally hope he does well. Addiction can be a harsh thing especially at a young age when you think you are invincible. Let’s face it people at least he has been humbled and willing to accept that he has a rocky road to pass through to get back to the NFL or maybe it’s even a a mountain to climb. But it takes great courage to admit one’s wrongs and face consequences to become who you you’re self should be!

    Good luck Johnny I’m rooting for you to overcome!

  14. Tiger-Cats. A bit redundant isn’t it?

    That would be like the Denver Bronco-Horses or the Carolina Panther-Cats or Philadelphia Eagle-Birds.

    🙂

  15. I wonder how long before June Jones is tired of his clown show. And another thing, it’s not like he’s going to step in and be their starting QB. He’s likely going to start out as their third QB. I wonder how long it’ll take for him to get bored on the sidelines and go AWOL.

    On the other hand, if he can keep his head out of his backside and learn how to be a QB and not cause any troubles, he will likely get a shot somewhere in the NFL from a desperate team–like Dallas.

  16. Johnnys football skills are better suited for Canadian football..bigger field, more space to use his running ability and the guy does have a strong arm…but with that said ..I don’t think he fulfills his 2 yrs..think he quits before 1st season ends and never plays another professional down..don’t think his heart is in playing in the CFL FOR 2 YRS..

  17. When you’re a drug addict and abuser who busted his girlfriend’s eardrum, the oft community root for you.

    At least he stood up during the national anthem though, amiright?

  18. The Tiger-Cats name is the result of the merger of the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Wildcats in 1950.

  19. spartanlegend says:
    May 19, 2018 at 11:18 am
    kamthechancellor says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    Take notes Kaepernick.
    ——————-

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Karpernick. Sorry if you don’t like him personally but you should at least try to make sense
    —————
    What he’s saying makes complete sense. Instead of digging his heels in and being stubborn and unwilling to prove himself in the B league—Johnny is setting aside ego and going to prove himself. He doesn’t care about the 1st round pick status. He doesn’t care about “Johnny Football”. He just wants to play.
    If Kaep spent more time watching Johnny and less time filing frivolous lawsuits and sharpening his self crafted martyr status then he’d have a path back to the NFL as well. Unfortunately, when you’re too busy winning an academy award for the victim role you can’t see that.
    So, as I said. His comment makes complete sense.

  20. Thetruthis says:
    May 19, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Good Luck. The guy has only been on one team. The guy should have gotten another shot on another team in the NFL. I mean a team can drop a guy and have no cap hit with the right contract or minimal. This is stupid that he even has to sign with Canada after being on only one team. I mean he was not trying to become a Priest of a Parrish or something. ITS JUST FOOTBALL for goodness sake’s.
    ——————————————————————————————

    And on that one team he had only 2 good games in two season and spent more time at police stations, suspended or at bars than on the field. His NFL career ended with a 4 game suspension for skipping out on his 1 team during game days and being too drunk to go to practice.

    I believe his picture is right next to the definition of “locker room cancer”.

    Usually teams look down on that.

  21. Good move for Manziel. He should give up the NFL dream and try to make a career up North. It’s a great league and while the pay is lower, team and fan loyalty is much stronger than in the USA. The CFL is a quarterback’s league – If Johnny leaves the “Johnny Football” behind and just “gets to play ball” as he says, could still have a nice career playing ball.

  22. The real question here is who cares other than Manziel who blew his opportunity to play in the NFL by being stupid and playing Spuds MacKenzie.

  23. unclebluck says:
    May 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

    niners816 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 11:02 am
    birdsfan7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    That”s where you end up when you are not good enough for the NFL
    ——-
    Warren Moon, Cameron Wake, Joe Theismann and Jeff Garcia would disagree with you.
    ————————————
    As well as Doug Flutie…
    ========================
    Joe Kapp

  24. whynotjustadmitit says:

    May 19, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    When you’re a drug addict and abuser who busted his girlfriend’s eardrum, the oft community root for you.

    At least he stood up during the national anthem though, amiright?
    ——————————————————————–
    you forgot about the Fidel Castro shirt, the pig socks also. I am not saying the things that Manziel did are right, however, he is trying to change himself and move on. Kaepernick is not working out, he is not willing to be a backup, and if I remember correctly, he opted out of his contract.. “amiright”?

  25. birdsfan7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am

    That”s where you end up when you are not good enough for the NFL
    ______________
    Hall of Famer in the CFL and NFL, Warren Moon, says you’re dumb.

  26. In Kaepernick’s last stint in SF he had 16 TDs, 4 Ints, and a QBR of 91. He’s not going to get back into the NFL by playing in Canada. He’s got nothing to prove as a player. He also made a ton of money, so really doesn’t NEED to play. His situation is nothing like Manziel’s, who has done jack squat. I’ll never understand how qietly kneeling during the anthem on behalf of civil rights is disrespectful to anything. Sitting was disrespectful. NFL owners were and are off target in blackballing CK.

    Despite being a Browns fan, I hope this works for Manziel. He has some talent if he flies right. People forget that he threw for 379 yards against the Steelers in a game. Remains to be seen whether he has the requisite work ethic.

  27. casualmalexlfan says:
    May 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    The Tiger-Cats name is the result of the merger of the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Wildcats in 1950.
    =========+============
    I hope the next CFL team’s mascot is the Wolf-Dogs. That would be cool.

  28. birdsfan7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am

    That”s where you end up when you are not good enough for the NFL

    ———-

    A handful of exceptions in how many decades says you’re wrong, but how many thousands of guys over the same period say you’re right?

    CFL is good for Johnny – it’s where he should have been all along.

  29. Meanwhile RG3, Mike Glennon and Geno Smith are all still in the NFL. Why, you might ask? Well because a backup QB needs to be an upstanding citizen who is never heard from unless it’s absolutely necessary. Case in point: Nick Foles is a SB MVP for destroying the Patriots. Before that nobody mentioned his name.

  30. birdsfan7 says:
    May 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
    That”s where you end up when you are not good enough for the NFL

    ————————
    Partially tue. Its where you go when people rightly or wrongly dont think you are good enough for the NFL and you want a shot to change their minds. I see Kaepernick mentioned here too and its a good parralell because both, whether rightly or wrongly, have too many doubters who need to be proven wrong. So Manziel is saying ok fine, “I am going to go there and prove you wrong”. Maybe he proves us wrong maybe not, but he is taking the step. Either way its a far more positive approach than suing the league on whats basically a belief that owners are not free to make their own choices and its a requirement that one of them must hire you because . Both guys have been gifted things all their lives that to everyone else were privledges they had to work and compete hard to earn, and gotten so much of that they came to think its something they are entitled to. Both have shot themselves in the foot with that sense of entitlement. The one difference is that Manziel is here showing that he might (might, but only time will tell) have gotten that clue and is going to at least try to compete with others to earn something rather than just cry victim that its not being gifted to him because .

  31. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    May 20, 2018 at 9:09 am
    Meanwhile RG3, Mike Glennon and Geno Smith are all still in the NFL. Why, you might ask? Well because a backup QB needs to be an upstanding citizen who is never heard from unless it’s absolutely necessary. Case in point: Nick Foles is a SB MVP for destroying the Patriots. Before that nobody mentioned his name.

    ——————-
    Actually I heard Foles’s bame a lot leading up to the SB. He was one of the QBs Kaeps supporters would point to as proof that Kaep should be gifted a job. The difference is Foles never treated any of it as a gift he was owed. He kept his mouth shut, worked hard to kerp improving, and lo and behold he proved his doubters wrong.

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