Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel has been signed by the Alliance of American Soccer and can be a part of the Memphis Categorical.
The quarterback’s rights belonged to San Antonio of the spring league, however that group declined to signal him and Manziel then was free to hitch any of the opposite seven golf equipment.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M had his contract with the CFL terminated final month. The CFL mentioned he violated his settlement with the league, however has supplied no specifics.
Manziel was a first-round draft choose by Cleveland, however rapidly fizzled on the market.
He was 2-6 as a starter with the Alouettes final season, finishing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 per cent) for 1,290 yards with 5 TDs and 7 interceptions after Montreal acquired him in a commerce with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Manziel additionally ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs.
CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie introduced in December 2017 that the league would approve a contract for Manziel, who on the time was on the Tiger-Cats’ negotiation record. However Manziel needed to fulfil sure necessities to hitch the league.
The league’s due diligence included an evaluation by an unbiased professional on home violence and a head-to-head assembly between Manziel and Ambrosie. Manziel had sought therapy for anger administration and alcohol abuse as a part of his acquittal on a 2016 cost of home violence.
Manziel ultimately ended up signing with Hamilton in Might 2018 however was unable to get on to the sector behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. The Ticats dealt Manziel and offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice in a blockbuster commerce with Montreal final July for receiver Chris Williams, defensive finish Jamaal Westerman and two first-round draft picks (2020, ’21).
The transfer reunited Manziel with Alouettes coach Mike Sherman, who additionally recruited Johnny Soccer to Texas A&M.
Manziel’s CFL motion was his first in professional soccer since December 2015.
Manziel was due a $75,000 bonus March 1 and scheduled to earn a $202,000 base wage in 2019. Manziel’s departure left Montreal with 5 quarterbacks on its roster (Vernon Adams Jr., Jeff Matthews, Antonio Pipkin, Matthew Shiltz and Canadian rookie Richard Hugo).