Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Alouettes

Annette Crawford
Июля 23, 2018

Manziel's time in Hamilton, Ontario came to an end Sunday when the former National Football League first-rounder was traded to the Montreal Alouettes, according to Duane Forde of TSN.

TSN first reported the news.

Manziel joined the CFL on a two-year deal with Hamilton with hopes of jump-starting his career, but couldn't overtake quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for the starting job.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman is very familiar with Manziel and knows how to use him, having coached him at Texas A&M. What's more, starter Drew Willy suffered his second injury of the season in Saturday's 25-8 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, leaving Sherman to go with third-stringer Matt Shiltz for three quarters of the game.

The Alouettes are now 1-4 and in fourth (and last) place in the CFL's East Division. Masoli tied a CFL record with nine straight 300-yard passing games before the team's Week 5 bye.

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"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Montreal GM Kavis Reed said in a statement. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team.

Naylor notes that others around the CFL are skeptical that Hamilton would move Manziel, but the situation bears watching.

The Dallas County district attorney's office agreed in December 2016 to drop charges against Manziel if he took an anger management course, listened to victims of domestic abuse speak at an impact panel and attended a rehab facility for drug and alcohol abuse.

The Alouettes are 1-4 on the season and have managed a total of only 69 points on offence.

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