Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is back in football after signing a two year deal with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hamilton held the exclusive rights to Manziel. In July, Manziel began to explore the possibility of playing for Hamilton or have the Tiger-Cats relinquish his rights. Johnny “Football” met with CFL Randy Ambroise in September to see what he would need to accomplish to join the league and in December, the league announced that it would approve a contract if one was offered to Manziel.
Manziel joins a struggling Tiger-Cat franchise that is coached by former Falcon-Charger-Hawaii-SMU head coach June Jones. Manziel will play in Jones Run-and-Shoot offense and have every opportunity to flourish in that system.
Manziel hasn’t played football since being released by the Cleveland Browns at the end of the 2015 season. Manziel was the Heisman Trophy in 2012 while playing with Texas A&M and was a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, No.22 overall. Early in his career, Manziel never appeared to be dedicated to football and was the subject of several off the field problems including a domestic violence charge. In his two-year career with the Browns, Manziel appeared in 14 games while throwing for 1675 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.