Johnny Manziel returns to Twitter, says he has “zero desire” to play football

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ComebackSZN took on a different meaning over the weekend.

On Friday night, former NFL, Spring League, CFL, and AAF quarterback Johnny Manziel posted a message to the XFL, before deleting his Twitter account: “Oliver Luck. If ya wanna boost your ratings to another level just send me the contract tomorrow and we’re in there. Like I said YEARS ago … XFL2020 give the people what they want.”

Manziel returned to Twitter the next day, and he said this: “Have zero desire to play any football these days. Just love stirring up controversy.”

In the six years since he was selected by the Browns in round one of the draft, Manziel has stirred up more controversy than he has played football. And it could be that his decision to sign with the AAF last year directly contributed to the XFL’s decision to sign him now. As the story goes, the XFL wanted him to commit to the XFL last year in lieu of joining the ill-fated AAF — and that once Manziel opted to play in 2019 for a league that was supposed to be the XFL’s top competitor the XFL decided it didn’t want Manziel at all.

Which is stupid, if true. The XFL should want Manziel. He can’t be worse than the worst of the XFL quarterbacks, and he draws interest.

Still, Manziel has now decided he doesn’t want football, which is fine. (It’s easy to say that, however, when in receipt of no offers to play.) He really hasn’t played all that much in recent years, and nothing he has said or done has gotten an NFL team to even give him a sniff. At this point, it’s likely over.

And that’s a shame. Because if he’d had the maturity and the work ethic to go with his talent in 2014, he could still be playing in the NFL and getting paid accordingly.

24 responses to “Johnny Manziel returns to Twitter, says he has “zero desire” to play football

  1. “He can’t be worse than the worst of the XFL quarterbacks”

    A famous truism that frequently is not, in fact, true.

  2. “Which is stupid, if true. The XFL should want Manziel. He can’t be worse than the worst of the XFL quarterbacks, and he draws interest.”
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    He was last seen failing to win starting jobs on bad teams in the CFL and it sounds like he hasn’t worked on his game since. He could very easily be worse than anybody in the XFL. And “drawing interest” isn’t always a good thing. If they want their league to be taken seriously the the last thing they probably want is to bring in a carnival act who could implode at any second.

  3. Don’t know how many times it needs to be demonstrated. Just because someone can play at the college level doesn’t mean they can do so anywhere else. Just another hyped personality who flamed out in the pros.

    Not the first and certainly won’t be the last.

  4. Meanwhile Teddy Bridgewater (same draft class) went about his business and overcame a devastating injury and is in line to get paid.

  5. Spot on analysis. Johnny Manziel had a world of talent, but lacked the maturity and work ethic – and self-control – to become the Browns’ franchise quarterback. A real shame.

  6. If he had really applied himself coming out of college, he could be in middle-management at his dad’s oil company by now.

  7. I don’t think you understand Vince McMahon’s approach this time. Bringing in players for the sake of interest would bring temporary success at the expense of long term credibility as a league. He’s not making decisions with today in mind, he’s making decisions that help the league grow at a slower, more sustained rate. He’s being smart. The XFL understands it’s role in professional football. It will not find success trotting out gimmick after gimmick. It will find long term success by being a development league for young, unrecognized talent.

  8. @edenprairieballer says:
    February 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm
    Meanwhile Teddy Bridgewater (same draft class) went about his business and overcame a devastating injury and is in line to get paid.
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    I would like to agree with you. However, given the NFL’s penchant for certain types of QBs, they will be offering less than market value.

  9. “Spot on analysis. Johnny Manziel had a world of talent, but lacked the maturity and work ethic – and self-control – to become the Browns’ franchise quarterback. A real shame.”
    _________

    All true but don’t miss the fact his game was never well-suited for the NFL making him a real reach as a top draft pick. He’s small meaning he was always going to be more prone to injuries… and he got hurt in like his second NFL game while scrambling. He was electric in college but all his highlights were improvised, playground type plays. What made his college highlights so awesome was how he was always THIS close to being sacked or to having the pass picked off. Once he hit the NFL where every defender is faster and better the magic disappeared.

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