Johnny Manziel reportedly signs agreement to play in the AAF

Aubrey Yates
March 17, 2019

Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel signed with the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night and will join the Memphis Express.

Manziel was released by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League earlier this month.

The quarterback's rights belonged to San Antonio of the spring league, but that team declined to sign him and Manziel then was free to join any of the other seven clubs. Every team in the AAF will now have a chance to sign him in reverse order of the current standings, with the Memphis Express (1-5) getting first priority. Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger was injured Saturday and unable to return to the team's 22-9 loss at Salt Lake and his status is uncertain.

The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy victor last played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018, where he threw for almost 1,300 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games. He's their second quarterback this season, after the team started with Christian Hackenberg but later benched the former Penn State quarterback.

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Manziel had previously said on Barstool Sports' Comeback SZN podcast that he was intrigued by the prospect of playing in either the AAF or the XFL, which begins operation next year.

Johnny Football could be back on the field soon.

The statement from the Alliance said that Manziel "will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he'll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary". In a recent interview, he said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking. He went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in 2014. But following two tumultuous seasons, the Browns released him in March 2016 after he posted a 2-6 record as their starter.

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