Oliver Luck leaves XFL door open for John Manziel

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Quarterback John Manziel (he told Dan Patrick on Monday that the name “Johnny” has been retired) currently doesn’t have a football league. His next home could come in the XFL.

Appearing on Monday’s #PFTPM podcast, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck did not rule out employing Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner who flamed out of the NFL only two seasons after becoming a first-round draft pick of the Browns.

“If he is able to meet our standards and if our coaches think he’s one of the top quarterbacks out there that can help us,” Luck said regarding whether Manziel may find work in the XFL. “Certainly we have no reason not to believe he couldn’t be in the mix. But again it’s really up to our coaches in terms of the quarterbacks they wanna take a look at.”

Alternative pro football leagues need to give fans a reason to tune in. Manziel still moves the needle. Even if he doesn’t move it as much as he once did, he moves it enough to make considering him worth the XFL’s while.

In the past 12 months, Manziel has spent time with The Spring League, the CFL (playing for two teams), and the AAF. At a time when NFL teams continue to absorb former AAF players, Manziel’s phone has yet to ring with an NFL offer, for more than three years and counting.

27 responses to “Oliver Luck leaves XFL door open for John Manziel

  1. So after the NFL, CFL and AAF Johnny Football will try to fail with the Arena Football league and the German Football league for a perfect pro record.

  2. He is so desperately clinging to his last shred of hope to play in the NFL again that he thinks changing his name to “JOHN” is going to repair his image and make us forget about that rascal Johnny we all know and love, lol.

    He hasn’t changed ONE bit. The proof? When Dave Patrick asked him “Leaving the CFL…their decision or yours?”

    Manziel: “I don’t wanna get into the details…just wanna move forward.”

    Translation: THEIR decision

    Like I said…he hasn’t changed one bit if leagues are still kicking him out. Kid needs MANY more years of growing up. I know. I didn’t grow up until my 30s.

  3. Manziel will go down as a true “pro football” Hall of Fame player if he ends up playing and washing-out in every football league in the world. You can do it Johnny!

  4. Ya, thats more like a highway on-ramp than a door. Vince knows Manziel will put butts in seats at games.

  5. At a time not too long ago, he showed enough talent to make him a high draft pick in the NFL. Off the field antics derailed that opportunity.

    Since then, he seems to be putting in the work on & off the field to get his life and career back on track. Definitely would love to see any of his hard work in cleaning up his life pay off.

  6. Just curious, how does the Sports Media decide which overrated (or trainwreck) players to follow their each and every move?

    I feel like I know more about Tim F’n Tebow and Johnny “Cautionary Tale” Manziel then I do most Pro Bowl Players when it should clearly be the other way around.

    “More updates on Trent Richardson please” – Nobody Ever

  7. superfanentertainment says:
    April 9, 2019 at 11:24 am
    He is so desperately clinging to his last shred of hope to play in the NFL again that he thinks changing his name to “JOHN” is going to repair his image and make us forget about that rascal Johnny we all know and love, lol.

    He hasn’t changed ONE bit. The proof? When Dave Patrick asked him “Leaving the CFL…their decision or yours?”

    Manziel: “I don’t wanna get into the details…just wanna move forward.”

    Translation: THEIR decision

    Like I said…he hasn’t changed one bit if leagues are still kicking him out. Kid needs MANY more years of growing up. I know. I didn’t grow up until my 30s.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Wow, that’s some brilliant analysis there.
    A dazzling display of impeccable logic.

    As for the growing up part, yeah, ok.

  8. Why is this clown getting so many chances? What am I not seeing?

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    Heisman Trophy winner. As a freshman

  9. Johnny Football actually got lucky when the AAF folded. It is not a good thing for his career working in the AAF under Mike Singletary, a great linebacker but a lousy head coach.

  10. “Manziel still moves the needle.”

    Yes, although it’s not necessarily for the right reasons. If he plays for the XFL, people will stay and Watch, just the same way they slow down or stop on the highway when there’s car crash and the analogy is accurate. When people saw him suck as a human being, they tuned in to see him suck in the NFL. When he crashed and burned in the Cleveland, Canadians -and the Americans could Watch the CFL- tuned in to Watch him crash and burn in Montreal. When he crashed and burned in Canada and got booted out of a second league, people tuned in to the AAF and we all know how that panned out.

    Vince McMahon will need a big name to get people talking about the XFL 2.0 and right now, Manziel is the “biggest” name available. But you have to wonder exactly how many leagues he will wash out of before he figures out that football isn’t exactly his thing.

  11. its kinds sad to see this guy struggle, not to make excuses for him but from what ive read over the years he never had a real childhood. From people paying him in highschool for autographs and all the special treatment he never was grounded. I blame his parents for not addressing his mental illness early on, but maybe they didint want to rock the gravy boat they saw in their son. He needs to hang it up and get out of the limelight and focus on himself.

  12. eroschmidt says:
    April 9, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Why is this clown getting so many chances? What am I not seeing?

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    Heisman Trophy winner. As a freshman
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    And hasn’t done crap since besides make a fool of himself.

  13. If the XFL is willing to pay for talent, they should be able to get guys who are 3rd stringers or former stars in the NFL. Example, Joe Flacco gets cut by Denver after next season, rather than Joe bounce around as a backup in various cities, take a bigger contract from XFL for 2-3 seasons as a starter. That example could be used for many guys, it really comes down to what the XFL wants to be and money helps get them towards being something of interest.

  14. The Buffer Zone says:
    April 9, 2019 at 11:35 am
    At a time not too long ago, he showed enough talent to make him a high draft pick in the NFL. Off the field antics derailed that opportunity

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    He was never good enough to be a high draft pick in the NFL – he was just an example of why Ray Farmer is not an NFL GM any why Jimmy Haslam needs to go play golf on draft day

  15. fanfrommontreal says:

    April 9, 2019 at 11:20 am

    So after the NFL, CFL and AAF Johnny Football will try to fail with the Arena Football league and the German Football league for a perfect pro record.
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    I’d rather support a guy who’s willing to give every league a chance to try to reach his goal of playing in the nfl again rather than a guy who sues claiming he’s being blackballed while not doing anything to reach his goal.

  16. “I’m dying to know what he did to get banned outright from the CFL…I’m Canadian and we know just as much about it the rest of you guys…”

    I got the impression he wanted to leave after 1 year so he could try out in the AAF and/or NFL this year, when he was specifically under contract for 2 years minimum (CFL entry-level contracts usually bar people from leaving for the NFL until after their 2nd season). Given that this was a big sticking point in the first place when he discussed with the commissioner and was allowed to come to the CFL, Manziel probably just reneged on his word/contract and the CFL decided it was done with him.

    I don’t think this was ever explicitly stated, but given how things went down, that’s just the impression I got.

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