Johnny Manziel signs with AAF, report says

Tanya Simon
March 17, 2019

The beleaguered quarterback has signed with the Alliance of American Football and will play for the Memphis Express, according to the Associated Press, less than a month after being dismissed from the Canadian Football League.

Manziel has signed the AAF's standard player agreement, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. It took a few weeks, but Manziel has found a new home to continue his professional career back in the United States.

He will now go through the league's waiver system, as the San Antonio Commanders released his allocation rights.

He played just two seasons with the team before he was released.

In Memphis, Manziel could get an opportunity to play quickly.

Memphis, which lost 22-9 to Salt Lake on Saturday, has already used Christian Hackenberg, Zach Mettenberger and former Troy standout Brandon Silvers at quarterback this season.

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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.

He immediately becomes one of the biggest names in the AAF as one of its few former National Football League first-round picks, notably among them Birmingham running back Trent Richardson.

He spent less than a calendar year playing in Canada, first for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, then for the Montreal Alouettes, but on February 27, the league said the former NFL first-round draft choice and 2012 Heisman Trophy victor "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play" and forced Montreal to cut him from its roster. However, players can earn more in incentives.

Manziel will be immediately eligible to play for the Express, an AAF spokesperson said.

Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues. In a recent interview, he said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking. He washed out of the National Football League less than two years after the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round, making just eight starts and throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven).

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