Johnny Manziel signs contract with AAF

Johnny Manziel who was released by the CFL's Montreal Alouettes on Feb. 27 now appears set to sign with a team in the Alliance of American Football

The Alouettes released Manziel in early 2019 when CFL announced Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league". Every team in the AAF will now have a chance to sign him in reverse order of the current standings, with the Memphis Express (1-5) getting first priority.

Johnny Manziel is playing in a new football league.

The former National Football League quarterback would have been sent to the San Antonio Commanders since he played at Texas A&M, but the team released his rights.

The beleaguered quarterback has signed with the Alliance of American Football and will play for the Memphis Express, according to the Associated Press, less than a month after being dismissed from the Canadian Football League. The Express lost to the Salt Lake Stallions 22-9 in Week 6, losing quarterback Zach Mettenberger to an apparent ankle injury on their first offensive play. He's their second quarterback this season, after the team started with Christian Hackenberg but later benched the former Penn State quarterback. 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". Former Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers replaced Mettenberger in the loss in Utah.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and passed for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Aggies.

Polian also said he believes Manziel will benefit from "the coaching and mentorship" of Memphis coach Mike Singletary.

Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues.

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

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