Johnny Manziel glad the wait to play football again is over

AP

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel says signing with the Canadian Football League was all about wanting to get back on a football field as soon as possible.

Manziel said on PFT Live that he didn’t want to wait any longer, and that’s why he’s now in a CFL training camp, rather than hoping to end up in an NFL training camp or playing in the Alliance of American Football next year.

“It was really the wait,” he said. “I didn’t want to get into something down the road where I’m waiting until August, waiting until training camps open, and then if something doesn’t transpire I’m getting here late.”

Manziel does believe some NFL teams were considering him, but the offer to return to the NFL didn’t come and he had to make the decision to sign with the CFL.

“I think it was close,” Manziel said. “I did reach out and talk to multiple teams and coaches I had met in my first couple years in the league.”

Now Manziel has a competition in camp, where he’ll try to earn the starting job in Hamilton. He signed a two-year contract with Hamilton, so he won’t be returning to the NFL any time soon, if ever. But he’s glad the wait is over.

34 responses to “Johnny Manziel glad the wait to play football again is over

  1. just ordered his jersey, can’t wait to sport it in the hood, kid is a straight up beast

  2. If he has indeed cleaned up his act and plays lights out this season , he should get another shot .

  3. Look, if he doesnt play, and play well – he isn’t going to the NFL anyway. Here’s hoping he truly has matured and can go out there and succeed. He may find, if he is successful, it’s not so bad being a star in Canada.

  4. Manziel will quickly learn the talent level in the CFL is good. This will not be easy for Manziel. The coaches would be smart to take their time with him. Having him start too early could turn ugly.

  5. Hopefully he works seriously at being the best CFL QB he can be. Flutie, Jeff Garcia, Cameron Wake, went there to be the best players they could be and not treat it as a pit stop. Play well the rest takes care of itself.

  6. Take a lesson Kaep. If you would go north and prove you still have it, you might make it back.

  7. God grants us all a second chance, third and forth chances so long as we try.

    I give the Kid credit….. Licking addictions isn’t easy and now it looks like his demons are under control…he can focus on what he needs to do… play football.

    Good luck Johnny

  8. Trying to play his way back in rather than sue his former employers. It’s just crazy enough to work.

  9. Did you know the Buffalo Bills actually lost a game to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats once? It’s true, I’m not making that up! Tee hee 🙂

  10. jjackwagon says:
    May 22, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Take a lesson Kaep. If you would go north and prove you still have it, you might make it back.
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    Or another QB who thinks he’s a baseball player.

  11. Isn’t the Tiger-Cats QB the same Jeremiah Masoli that Chip Kelly kicked off his team at Oregon?

    If Manziel can’t beat this guy out for a starting CFL job then he doesn’t belong in the NFL.

  12. joetoronto says:
    May 22, 2018 at 8:42 am
    Loser player in a loser league.

    Isn’t it ironic that you leave this comment from a city that will never receive an NFL franchise.

  13. GoodellMustGo says:
    May 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Did you know the Buffalo Bills actually lost a game to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats once? It’s true, I’m not making that up! Tee hee 🙂
    =====================
    Before anyone else finds that worthy of a giggle, it’s kind of important to note a few things, starting with the fact that this game was in 1961. Why does that matter? Because the Buffalo Bills were an AFL team at the time, and not a very good one. I believe the Tiger Cats were CFL Gray Cup Champions. And the CFL was a LOT closer at a competitive level to the AFL at the time than it is to the NFL today. The AFL was also only a fledgling league at the time, it was not at the level it was just before the merger. And yet the Bills still put up 21 points on them – and I believe the game was under CFL rules too.

  14. Ashamed to say that joetoronto is a fellow Raiders fan.

    Anyways, rooting for ya Johnny, glad to see not everyone wants the kid to fail. Good luck.

  15. Just wait until he get his first paycheck. He will find out that he made more money at Texas A&M selling autographs.

  16. Hold off till the season starts. He always sounds like this during the offseason. He’s the guy who acts like the perfect candidate when trying to get the job then once he gets it is the worst employee.

    He did the same song and dance during his two years in Cleveland.

  17. PFT keeps erasing my posts because I want them to stop putting stories about Johnny Manziel in here. He is a never was, so I don’t get why PFT thinks he’s so important.
    He blew his chance to play in the NFL because of his arrogance stemming from the fact that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
    His own father called him a loser, so that says it all. I hope he never plays in the NFL.

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