Repot: Johnny Manziel signs a contract with the Alliance of American Football

Former quarterback Johnny Manziel (2), winner of the Heisman Trophy, is preparing for a development match for the Spring League on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Manziel hopes to impress the NFL scouts with the goal of returning to the league. (Parlay Game Photo / Eric Gay)

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Former quarterback of the Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel signed a standard contract with the American football alliance Saturday, according to ESPN Adam Schefter.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Johnny Manziel will now go through the AAF waiver system since the San Antonio commanders issued his education allowance. The lowest percentage of wins / losses in first place for Johnny Football.

This comes after the former Heisman Trophy winner was released from his contract with the Canadian Football League, along with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie. announcing the league would not allow any of its teams to sign the free agent as a result of a breach of its undisclosed contract terms:

"We informed Montreal that Johnny had violated one of the conditions we had set for him to be in our league, and Montreal announced his release today." We had not published the conditions of these conditions at the time and we will not do it now.

"We are trying to do what we believe is in the best interest of the entire league, the conditions we set were good, we thought them well, these conditions were violated and we feel that it is better, and Montreal thinks it's better, let Johnny move on, and we think the best thing is for our league to do the same, and we wish him good luck. "

After his release, the 26-year-old He went on Twitter to announce that he would seek to continue his football career in the United States:

Johnny Manziel @ JManziel2

I want to thank coach Sherman, my teammates and CFL fans. My stay there has restored my love for football and its work. I look forward to exploring new options in the United States.

This led to the AAF.

AAF President Tom Dundon said USA Today & # 39; s Kevin Allen and Tom Schad in late February that Manziel had been offered a workout for the league.

"At the present time, the GMs have made a decision and they can decide what they want to do," Dundon explained. "If the talent is close, the downside of him is that he has a lot of trouble with him and that you are trying to win games and build a team, and the good thing is that he catches the fans' attention."

After co-founder Charlie Ebersol let know the league would investigate Manziel's ban from the CFL and determine if it was "clean and clear" according to its own criteria.

Manziel spent two years in Cleveland, the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He went 2-6 as a starting quarterback to the Browns, scoring just 57% of his passes for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. 15 participations.

His actions off the field however, placing him out of the league within two years of his appointment.

Manziel went to Canada, where he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2018. He was not able, however, to supplant the former quarterback of the day. Oregon Jeremiah Masoli at the top of the team depth chart, leading to an exchange with the Montreal Alouettes during the 2018 season.

The double-threat quarterback completed 64.2 percent of his passes for the Alouettes for 1290 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions, adding 215 yards rushing to 7.4 yards per run. A concussion marginalized him during his stay in Montreal.

He would also participate in the Spring League in 2018.

Manziel becomes the biggest name of the FAA, but not because of a lack of effort on the part of the league. L & # 39; AAF would have Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, and Tim Tebow, former winner of the Heisman Trophy, failed.

The return of Manziel will provide the AAF with exceptional power while continuing to assert itself as a leading development league.

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