Johnny Manziel’s football career might not be over after all. While Manziel is not expected to play in the National Football League next season, there is another possible landing spot for the former Cleveland Browns quarterback.
According to ESPN, Manziel could land a deal to play in the Canadian Football League if he can fix his personal life quickly. CBL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge reportedly said that they are open to absorbing players who failed to crack the roster of an NFL team.
“The CFL provides opportunities for players that for a myriad of reasons are not playing in the NFL,” Orridge said. “And that’s always been another opportunity for them, if you think back throughout our history.”
The Browns parted ways with Manziel after the 2015 NFL season following another disastrous year. Aside from his struggles on field, the former Texas A&M standout was involved in numerous off-court issues, including a domestic violence case. He was also once spotted in a casino while under concussion protocol.
Where Will Johnny Manziel Play
But despite all the negative reports about Manziel’s behavior, CFL team Hamilton Tiger-Cats are open to taking a gamble on Manziel. The Ontario-based squad will reportedly offer a deal immediately if the former NFL first-round pick expresses desire to play in the Canadian Football League.
This is quite a good development for Manziel and his fans, who are still hoping that the quarterback will eventually realize his potential. The 23-year-old signal caller previously said that he wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have been linked to Manziel since the 2014 NFL Draft, with reports saying that team owner Jerry Jones was ready to pick the Texas native. However, because of his off-field issues in his first two seasons in the league, the Cowboys want no piece of Manziel at this point.
“He needs to do the things that make him a good person off the field, I think, before he can ever have any chance of being successful in our league,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Tiki and Tierney show. “Unfortunately, he has some things that are holding him back not only as a football player, but as a person in life.”