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Johnny Manziel signs with AAF, report says

17 March 2019

Johnny Manziel has signed a player agreement with the AAF and will join the Memphis Express, according to a release from the Alliance.

Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel has signed a player agreement with the Alliance of American football, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He played just two seasons with the team before he was released.

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The Commanders had the rights to Manziel because he played college football at Texas A&M. According to a release from the CFL, Manziel "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league". Christian Hackenberg started the Express' first three games but was relieved by Zach Mettenberger, who was injured Saturday and replaced by Brandon Silvers. The Express next plays vs. Birmingham on March 24 in Memphis. 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. He was traded to the Alouettes in 2018 and released on February 27. Manziel also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs. Other than Orlando, which has Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, most of the league's teams have had some issues at the position.

The move reunited Manziel with Alouettes coach Mike Sherman, who also recruited Johnny Football to Texas A&M. It was his first football action since he was released by the NFL's Cleveland Browns following the 2015 season. Manziel had sought treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse as part of his acquittal on a 2016 charge of domestic violence. Manziel's departure left Montreal with five quarterbacks on its roster (Vernon Adams Jr., Jeff Matthews, Antonio Pipkin, Matthew Shiltz and Canadian rookie Richard Hugo).

Johnny Manziel signs with AAF, report says