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Johnny Manziel Signs With CFL, Barstool Sports

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Stage Two of ‘The Comeback’ is underway. Following a successful but somewhat pedestrian showcase in The Spring League, Johnny Manziel has finally signed with a Canadian Football League team. The former Heisman Trophy winner and his representatives had been dancing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats since March 2017 about a contract and it has finally come to fruition with what Manziel described as a two-year deal.

“Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break,” Manziel posted on his official and verified Twitter account. “Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds.”

The Texas A&M alum flamed out after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who traded up to draft him 22nd overall in 2014. “Johnny Football” was a confident/cocky kid with a flair for the nightlife and stardom, all of which came into play leading to his release by the Browns in March 2016.


Manziel’s off-the-field activities go all the way back to a 2012 arrest before he even played a down in college and he continued on a path of negativity that included drinking, partying, a second arrest and not following team rules at both the collegiate and professional level. His talent has never been questioned and he had been able to utilize that to overcome a very generous ‘official’ size of 6′ and 210 pounds.

So now he gets another chance to show what he can do and the larger field in the CFL will definitely be an asset with Manziel’s scrambling ability. He will have to prove himself first that he is dedicated to football and then win the starting job over incumbent Jeremiah Masoli, who had a solid campaign in 2017 with 15 touchdowns, five interceptions, 3,177 yards passing and 446 yards and four touchdowns rushing.

With the CFL preseason beginning in one week, Manziel will have to hit the playbook to catch up on the competition – in his own locker room and the opposing teams’ alike.

In addition, Manziel also signed on with Barstool Sports to do a weekly podcast with Kayce Smith and Erik Burkhardt, who doubles as his agent.




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