Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signs player agreement with AAF

Annette Crawford
March 17, 2019

Johnny Manziel is headed back to the United States to play football.

Manziel, the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns and a recent Canadian Football League flameout, signed an agreement Saturday to play in the Alliance of American Football, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He will now go through the league's waiver system, as the San Antonio Commanders released his allocation rights. The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy victor was released from his CFL contract last month, with league officials announcing he had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

The Memphis Express have the AAF's worst record at 1-5, followed by the Salt Lake City Stallions at 2-4, with the Arizona Hotshots and Atlanta legends both sitting at 2-3. The Express are on their third quarterback this season, having started with Christian Hackenberg and then gone to Zach Mettenberger. He spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being picked up in the 2014 National Football League draft, but went 2-6 as their starting quarterback. He was 2-6 as a starter with the Montreal Alouettes last season, completing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 percent) for 1,290 yards with five TDs and seven interceptions. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling.

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