- Johnny Manziel says he has signed his contract with the CFL, marking his return to professional football.
- Manziel hasn’t taken a professional snap since his last start for the Browns in December 2015 before getting cut the following year.
- Manziel will be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on a two-year deal, with training camp set to begin on Sunday.
More than two years since taking his last NFL snap, Johnny Manziel is preparing to return to the world of professional football.
On Saturday, Manziel took to Twitter to announce that he had decided to sign his contract with the CFL.
Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break. Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 19, 2018
The move has been discussed for some time, but it now looks as though Manziel has made it official, joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on a two-year deal. The team opens training camp on Sunday and will play their preseason opener on June 1.
Manziel hasn’t seen professional football action since December of 2015, when he ran for 108 yards, but completed just 13 of 32 pass attempts for 136 yards for the Browns in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Manziel said Saturday that the move will allow him to hopefully get live reps in.
“The consensus that I’ve got from talking to people around the NFL is even if you come back to the league, you’re not getting a chance to start anywhere right away; you’re not going to get a chance to really play other than a couple preseason games and here and there,” he said. “So the thing that I got from everyone was, ‘You need to just go play, get some reps under your belt, get a chance to go play real live football again wherever that may be.'”
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