Johnny Manziel signs contract with AAF

Johnny Manziel formerly of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes has signed with the AAF's Memphis Express

Johnny Manziel formerly of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes has signed with the AAF's Memphis Express

No, it's not the NFL.

"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to the Alliance of American Football, which we've always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers", AAF co-founder Bill Polian said in a press release. The San Antonio Commanders were the first to Manziel's rights in the AAF, but released his college allocation rights after he signed.

The quarterback will report on Sunday. Christian Hackenberg started the Express' first three games but was relieved by Zach Mettenberger, who was injured Saturday and replaced by Brandon Silvers. Mettenberger suffered a left ankle injury on the first play of Saturday's game against the Salt Lake Stallions, so Manziel may be arriving at the right time.

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He was 2-6 as a starter with the Alouettes last season, completing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 per cent) for 1,290 yards with five TDs and seven interceptions after Montreal acquired him in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

After receiving what is likely a lifetime ban in the CFL, Johnny Manziel was cleared to resume his footballing career in the U.S. of A, with the AAF (Alliance of American Football) particularly interested in his services.

"I wish Johnny all the best with the Alliance of American Football, and we look forward to competing against him in the future".

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Manziel played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, after the team drafted him with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was banned from the CFL for reasons that have yet to be disclosed. He also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs.

The Express have struggled to find a successful quarterback so far this year, which could provide Manziel a quick opportunity to take the field.

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Manziel was suspended by the NFL in 2016 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but never pursued playing in the league again. The league's due diligence included an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence and a head-to-head meeting between Manziel and Ambrosie.

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