Don’t name it a comeback. He’s been right here for years.
Johnny Manziel’s two-year hiatus from skilled soccer could quickly come to an finish.
The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats have supplied Manziel a contract, the workforce introduced in an announcement Sunday.
Manziel beforehand activated his 10-day window for the Tiger-Cats to supply him a contract or lose his negotiation rights. The deadline was Sunday. By providing Manziel a contract the workforce now retains his rights for a further yr, giving either side time to barter and agree on a deal.
The Tiger-Cats’ provide is believed to be a “aggressive provide” and never simply the league $54,000 minimal, based on TSN.
The previous first-round choose final performed within the NFL on Dec. 27, 2015.
Manziel beforehand hinted at a possible replace relating to his return to soccer with an Instagram publish early Sunday morning. Manziel posted a photograph of himself throwing a soccer with the caption, “Simply wait on it #ComebackSZN.” He additionally responded to a remark with a Canadian flag emoji, hinting at his contract provide to play within the CFL.
Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones beforehand praised Manziel, saying the previous Browns quarterback can be “the very best participant to ever play” within the CFL.
“I believe he’d be the very best participant to ever play up right here,” Jones instructed CFL.ca in December. “He can throw it and he can run it like no one ever has been in a position to do.”
Former distinguished CFL quarterbacks embrace Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Warren Moon and Doug Flutie, amongst others.
Jones believes Manziel’s fashion of play will translate effectively within the CFL.
“I noticed it in faculty, I noticed it on the movie, I noticed it towards Alabama, I noticed it towards everyone,” Jones instructed CFL.ca. “Even his NFL movies to be fairly trustworthy. The issues that he would do up right here, he excelled at on the Nationwide Soccer League stage. I believe he has an incredible upside and it truly is in his lap to determine if that’s what he desires to do.”
If Manziel is in good condition and has moved previous the variety of points that plagued him all through his temporary NFL profession, he may doubtlessly present a spark for a Tiger-Cats workforce that completed 6-12 this previous season.
Manziel isn’t the one former NFL quarterback listed on the Tiger-Cats’ negotiation checklist. The CFL workforce additionally owns the negotiation rights to Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. Neither Kaepernick nor RGIII have expressed curiosity in enjoying within the CFL.