Johnny Manziel has joined the AAF

Rex Christensen
March 17, 2019

Johnny Manziel is headed back to the United States to play football, and it will be in Memphis, Tennessee. No, it's not the NFL.

Johnny Manziel has officially entered the AAF, having signed the standard player agreement on Saturday.

The AAF's San Antonio Commanders held Manziel's rights but declined to add him. He was awarded through the AAF's waiver system to the Express, who have a league-worst 1-5 record. Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger was injured Saturday and unable to return to the team's 22-9 loss at Salt Lake and his status is uncertain. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. 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". Mettenberger had replaced Christian Hackenberg as Memphis' starter, so coach Mike Singletary could look to Manziel to lead his squad. The Alouettes released Manziel in early 2019 when CFL announced Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

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.

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"It's great for football, it's great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play, " the QB said.

He was taken with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft by Cleveland.

Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues.

Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday.

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