It is likely that former Cleveland Browns first-round pick Johnny Manziel will be playing quarterback for a professional football team in 2018.
Manziel worked out with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the summer, but the league had to approve him before he could sign with a franchise. He was denied entry in September, but the CFL said that he could sign a contract for the 2018 season, provided that he met certain conditions.
He has met those conditions, and the CFL announced that league commissioner Randy Ambrosie is “prepared to approve” a franchise signing Manziel. The league issued a statement on Thursday.
“Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.”
In late November, the Dallas District Attorney requested that misdemeanor domestic violence charges against Manziel from 2016 be dismissed after Manziel completed the terms of a plea agreement, via TMZ Sports. Also, if an NFL team had signed him, he would’ve had to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Manziel originally burst onto the scene during the 2012 college football season when he led Texas A&M to an upset of Alabama and won the Heisman Trophy. He played one more season at Texas A&M before being drafted by the Browns in 2014.
In two season in Cleveland, Manziel started eight games, throwing for 1,675 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He rushed for 259 yards and a touchdown.