Manziel signs with AAF, joins Express

Manziel signs with AAF, joins Express

Johnny Manziel's football career hit quite the road block when he was barred from the Canadian Football League at the end of February, leading to his release by the Montreal Alouettes. No, it's not the NFL.

Now he's signed an agreement to join the Alliance of American Football, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The AAF's San Antonio Commanders initially held the first dibs on Manziel, but they released his college allocation rights. Christian Hackenberg started the Express' first three games but was relieved by Zach Mettenberger, who was injured Saturday and replaced by Brandon Silvers. Manziel completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns. 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".

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

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He immediately becomes one of the biggest names in the AAF as one of its few former National Football League first-round picks, notably among them Birmingham running back Trent Richardson. However, players can earn more in incentives.

The AAF signed Manziel to a player contract, announcing the news during the broadcast of Saturday's Arizona Hotshots-Orlando Apollos game.

Manziel eventually ended up signing with Hamilton in May 2018 but was unable to get on to the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. In a recent interview, he said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking. He spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being picked up in the 2014 National Football League draft, but went 2-6 as their starting quarterback.

Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday.

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