Johnny Manziel says he’s ‘going to play in the CFL’ if an NFL deal fails to materialize

Johnny Manziel says he will bring his talents to Canada if he can’t land an NFL contract this season.

Manzel addressed the future of his pro football comeback after throwing at Texas A&M’s pro day Tuesday when asked about another NFL shot.

“If something pops up, it pops up. And if not and I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to play in the CFL,” Manziel said after throwing in front of 32 NFL and some Canadian teams.

The-25-year-old has a contract offer from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who currently hold his negotiation list rights. Manziel was the quarterback for the Aggies pro day which was well covered by the media.

Manziel quickly rose to stardom at Texas A&M, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, his redshirt freshman season. In just two years as an Aggie, Manziel passed for 7,820 yards, 63 touchdowns against 22 interceptions and rushed for 2,169 yards and 30 touchdowns. The last time Manziel had a pro day on the Aggies campus, 75 personnel men came from 30 NFL teams came – plus former president George W. Bush.

Manziel is set to play in The Spring League from March 28 to April 15 and the Ticats are sending scouts to watch the star signal caller.

Once Manziel finishes up The Spring League slate Hamilton’s vice president of football operations Kent Austin expects a swift decision on Manziel’s next step in his professional football comeback.

“You’ll probably see things move pretty quickly after that in some direction,” Austin said.

#ComebackSZN could be on in Canada.


47 Comments on Johnny Manziel says he’s ‘going to play in the CFL’ if an NFL deal fails to materialize

  1. At this stage of the game, I could care less if Johnny played in traffic. Sh*t or get off the pot already

  2. Awaiting Moderation // March 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm //

    How wonderful of him to grace us with his presence as a last resort!

    I’m impressed that he is sure that he will play here.
    If he still expects to be paid as a top QB here without having played a down yet, good luck with that!

    • It will be great to have a QB of his calibre in this league. Did you see the strength in that arm!!
      He would look good in Toronto where he could actually sell some tickets

  3. Eddiefelson // March 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm //

    Story has been done to death…we dont care anymore

  4. Johnny Football has become an embarrassment to the CFL before he has even thrown a ball in this league. I sincerely wish he would stop using this league as his personal Plan B/whipping boy because I am beyond tired of his antics. F##k him and the giant ego he rode in on-he needs the CFL far more than it needs him.

    My advice? Stop publishing every story that links this clown to our league.

  5. Give him a shot. Give him a contract with incentives. There are teams in thia league who need a QB. Kavis Reed sold the farm for an old Durant so why not for a young Manziel?

  6. Is he gonna play for free or maybe we can get the same deal as the spring league he can pay Hamilton

  7. He will end up in Montreal with coach Sherman who originally recruited him to Texas Tech.

  8. Best spot for him to learn the ropes is by going to Hamilton. If he goes to Montréal it would be a sink or swim situation not an ideal situation. It may seem like it for him to be the starter but it’s like being thrown to the lions.

    • Hamilton would be the preferr s team to show case his talent with June Jones offense. Tailor made for Johnny football. And if you see his interview on TSN cfl he said he can talk till he is bluebin the face. He has to get out with a team and prove he is not only a talent but has changed.

  9. Johnny Who?

    Seriously, this non-story is getting beaten to death on 3Downnation.

    Can we get back to talking about players who are actually in the league?

  10. If you want to get to hear first hand who he is and also what hiscaf brings is saying see interviews on TSN Canada under CFL. You will have a different perspective. All good for cfl if he comes.

  11. Stop whining ..he has talent and you dont.

    everyone is attracted to earning money and yes you are to…get used to him as he is not going away yet.

    The CFL is the league he will play for and you will just have to suck it up Internet people

  12. I think what everybody above does not want to admit is the CFL is everybody’s plan B including Canadian nationals. Just be honest with your selves people and quit hanging onto the mirage that 3 downs and a bigger field means it takes a special player that will never make it in the NFL. Look at all the top players in the CFL and they all washed out of the NFL sooner or later. Most never make it past the first summer after they graduate and bail to the CFL. A few in the past were told by the NFL to switch positions, refused and came up here. But look at Bo Levi Mitchel on Wikipedea. He bounced around the NFL, NFL Europe and arena league first before coming here. It is just nobody noticed first so CFL fans can pretend he magically appeared as a CFL bound lifer. Just be real. The fact is if Manziel does come up here he can raise the tide for the entirety of the CFL with all his rabid fans who will tune into the new USA TV deal Randy should be working on ..right about now. Not to mention those #2 Jersey sales shipped to Texas via Canada post with almost as many people as all of Canada.

  13. Thanks for the tip John and John2 on the new videos on TSN CFL section of the their website. I watched the first three in a loop. What struck me is Agent Burkhardt talking about the impact Johnny is having on kids going through depression, Bi-Polar and addiction issues. Mothers were writing in saying Johnny turning it around and talking about it has inspired their kids to seek help or go into rehab. For all the cynical people on this board that is the real value of Mr. Manziel come back in what ever league including the CFL. And yes he will sell tickets to Canadian Millennials and move merchandise to US based consumers via Canada Post.

  14. By all recent indications it appears Johnny Manziel has turned the corner in his comeback. He looked good in Cali the other week, looked good in Texas and SHOULD do good in the Spring League about to take place. Will be very surprised if a NFL team DOES NOT sign him. Glad to hear he is willing to commit to 2 years at least in the CFL if a NFL deal does not work out. He could of simply said NO I will not play in the CFL under any circumstances.

    • Jim and Fred well articulated. One more video on TSN with naylor and Dunnigan who went down to Texas A&M. Great comments on whether Manziel is ready to play here I. Cfl. Finally TSN football sportscasters actually going down see him and talk to him personally. Total different perspective. Please watch Dunnigan comments on Manziel

  15. Just listening to jim tatti and Louis B. They are so negative and are actually making fun Of Johnny Manziel. Wow they are going to interview naylor at 5:30. Hope Dunnigan is on with them as well. Those two clowns jim and Louise as commentators are going to have to eat a lot of crow if Johnny does come to cfl. It was sad they were ridiculing him as much as they were

    • Dave naylor set Kim tatti and Louis b straight on Johnny Manziel. They were lost didn’t k ow what to say. Naylor showed up to the pro day today in Texas. Whole new perspective on Johnny Manziel. Tatti asked naylor since naylor knows Mazoli abilities if he see Manziel being a starter. Shocked Louis when naylor said Manziel is coming to be a starter. And mazoli is good but Manziel may not start game one but shortly there after he will. He is an electrifying star quarterback with super skill sets. He will take over and Hamilton will work hard to get him ready.

  16. Awaiting Moderation // March 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm //

    Am I the only one that remembers him demanding top tier QB money without having played a down in the CFL and having not played football in over two years?

    He is an inspiration to kids? Great! Go on a speaking tour about how to deal with depression/bi-polar. Don’t be arrogant and try to push around a CFL team.

    • Dunnigan was down at Texas A&M to watch personally. See his interview with naylor. Is he ready to play in cfl and his answer is yes. It is not his talent as he says he is gifted and would be one of the most athletic quarterbacks in last 50 years up here.

      • Steve J. // March 27, 2018 at 5:16 pm //

        John, you are so very wrong. This guy is going to get crushed by every Defensive End, Tackle and Linebacker in this league who have been busting their asses up here for CFL money while he treats it like his final option. If he does come to Hamilton, which he won’t, the only reason I would watch would be to see him get tee’d up by a blind side blitz.

  17. wild willy // March 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm //

    hamilton, go ahead and sign him, cut masoli, banks and a few others to pay him big bucks and turn your team around.makes sense, not.

  18. Enough already!

  19. Tiger Chick // March 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm //

    Really tired of this saga. Have we nothing else to write about people. Clearly he wants to play in the NFL. How touching that he says that he will play here if he doesn’t make it. Bite me. Who cares. Take your ego and your game elsewhere. We don’t need you up here.

  20. All the people who are tired of this subject keep reading and then writing comments about it. If you are tired stop reading and don’t comment.
    Publicity is good for the CFL. Any TV deal south of the border is good. Expose the very entertaining CFL to more folks down south and watch the CFL prosper. Tap into NCCA fans by watching their former stars play up here.
    All good. I hope he does play up here. Whether he stars or flops, the USA will be more aware of our excellent brand of football

    • Steve J. // March 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm //

      Iggy, the CFL has been around for 105 years, and US college stars have been coming up here since the dawn of time. Do you really think we’re going to suddenly gain hordes of American fans because one drunken, woman beating, has-been with substance abuse issues might come up here for a few games? I appreciate your optimism, but I highly doubt it.

      • Steve. As Dave naylor said today Johnny Manziel on this era of social media brings the most STAR POWER of anyone that has come into the cfl EVER so yes everyone including city of Hamilton will benefit. He will make a difference

      • I’ve seen CFL teams fold,almost fold, the experiment with US expansion that saved the league and plenty of empty seats over the years. You have to market or die. I agree this guy is far from an ideal citizen, but, like his President, the guy makes headlines.
        Headlines = exposure.

        • Steve J. // March 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

          Fair enough, I just want him here in Hamilton. He can make headlines for another team, positve or negative. Marketing is a good thing, but negative press, as with Art Briles and several other CFL players who have recently made headlines for questional conduct, can paint you as a laughingstock and have the opposite effect. You almost had me until you mentioned Trump……….

    • Edward Leslie // March 28, 2018 at 2:12 am //

      Very telling that SASKATCHEWAN had a scout at Manziel’s pro day workout. Chris Jones probably loves him. He previously attempted to work him out, ignoring neg list rules.
      Hamilton shoukd trade his rights straight up to Saskatchewan for Brandon Bridge.

  21. MJ Bandit // March 28, 2018 at 1:31 am //

    The CFL – GMs and coaches; and the media that cover the league – being all ga ga over an over-rated, ego-head, social problems, all-american hero? – who knew? 😉
    Johnny Superstar is going to catapult the CFL into another realm all together – if the CFL is lucky enough for him to grace it’s fields, and for the team that hands him the starting QB job.

    Way to go CFL – just rad !

  22. Edward Leslie // March 28, 2018 at 2:09 am //

    I thought John and his twin brother John 2 were bad. This guy George takes the cake! So Bo Levi Mitchell “Bounced around the NFL and NFL Europe before coming to the CFL”? Not true. Mitchell came pretty much directly from Eastern Washington. In fact NFL Europe died before Mitchell turned pro.

    • Edward keep an eye on the ball as CFL certainly us if Manziel should come to CFL. In the meantime there will be so much hype generated in next 3-4 weeks. All good if CFL and Hamilton mentioned.

  23. Yawn…so how about those Bruins? Might just be the sleeper team and come out challenging for Lord Stanley’s mug in the end.

  24. JoeARGOS81Fan // March 28, 2018 at 11:42 am //

    It is worth a shot to give him a chance. Masoli is just a stopgap. The Tiger-Cats have only won 2 Grey Cups since 1980 and the last one being almost 20 years ago. What do you have to lose?

  25. YAWN!

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