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It’s been 801 days since Johnny Manziel was on a professional football roster. That changed on Saturday. Manziel announced on his Twitter, that he planned to sign a two-year deal the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Manziel last appeared in the NFL on December 27th, 2016 in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Over his brief NFL career, the former Heisman Trophy winner threw for seven touchdowns, to go with seven interceptions, throwing for 1,675 yards, and completing 57% of his passes.
Manziel made a pit stop in the NFL’s Spring League. He looked like vintage Johnny Football, rushing and throwing for touchdowns, and most importantly: having fun.
Known for his sandlot-style of play, Manziel fizzled out in the NFL. Struggling to make the reads necessary to be an NFL quarterback. A lot of that had to do with the quarterback’s off the field issues
Perhaps a fresh start will do the quarterback good. After all he did bring home a Heisman Trophy in 2012. Manziel still has all the tools to be a viable starting quarterback, and he’ll get another chance with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Manziel will be competing with Jeremiah Masoli, Vernon Adams Jr., Bryant Moniz, Dane Evans, and Chris Merchant for the starting quarterback position.