CFL won’t consider one-year deal for Johnny Manziel: report

So when we did the story on the Mike Florio report that the league might consider giving quarterback Johnny Manziel a one-year deal, we reached out to the CFL for comment and/or clarification on their position.

Four days later we’re still waiting but we would appear to have their answer.

TSN’s Dave Naylor Tweeted today, citing “a league source” that the CFL won’t consider a special deal for Manziel.

Manziel is on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats negotiation list and CFL entry-level deals are, of course, two years but according to Florio’s source Manziel is still considering the fledgeling Alliance of American Football because the “CFL continues to refuse to relent on its requirement that Manziel commit for two seasons.”

It would appear they are holding firm to that requirement.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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35 Comments on CFL won’t consider one-year deal for Johnny Manziel: report

  1. Colin Unger // May 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm //

    Johnny needs to understand that it’s not like he’s gonna play that much in year one in the cfl. There’s no value for him or the team to sign a quarterback to a one year deal.

  2. fannotacoach // May 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm //

    Another non story with no more substantiation than the Florio story. Just go back to the basics, there is no allowance for a one year deal and nobody in the CFL is saying there will be one.

  3. I’m afraid I’m getting sick and tired of reading about Johnny Manziel. Let him go back to the NFL. He’s not bigger than any league.

  4. Doug Mc Clintock // May 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm //

    Signing a two year deal should be honored like wise but there can be valid exceptions. In the case of the Argo’s Wilder, he signed for 2 years but wanted a raise for 2nd year. That seemed fair enough as he gave a stellar performance bar none !He was willing to sit out the 2nd year but the Argos gave him a nice raise for a job well done !I would think most people would not agree with me on this one but Wilder will make the Argos a winner again !

    • I’m stoked that Wilder signed on and that management gave him a raise. Looking forward to seeing him shred defences like he did last season. Although he was a non-factor in the Grey Cup.

      He seems to have all the attributes to make the NFL. Maybe it’s his upright style of running? I don’t think he’s ultra fast, but he has the ability to break through. Looking forward to seeing him hit the field!

      Manziel: Glad the league is taking this professional position.

  5. I was a fan of this move ,but screw him and lets end it.Masoli and Adams will take us to the promised land.

  6. Exactly

    Who was Manziel going to play for in the CFL anyway ???

  7. Michael Kulyk // May 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm //

    this 1 yr deal is only a political move that helps hime – it shows nfl that can play and stay sober PERIOD – he doesnt care 1 lick about the cfl

  8. Chris AB // May 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm //

    Manziel is done in the pros (CFL or NFL) ….his future is vacationing for the next 50 years on his wealthy parents’ dime and signing autographs at Texas A&M

    he doesn’t have the grit, determination, work ethic or character to rise-up and work his way back into the NFL (as per his wishes) as say a Flutie or a Warner did

    if it ain’t an easy path back (playing 2 games with high school kids in the rec spring league) he ain’t doing it

    take that to the bank

  9. Just saying // May 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm //

    Agree Collin, I can’t see him being I big part of the cats in first year. And he wants to get back to the NFL the only way is a two year deal. I don’t see him making the NFL though.

  10. Edward Leslie // May 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm //

    I can see his agent with steam coming out of his ears saying “Johnny Manziel will be taking his talents to the Spring League!” Hey, just another 11 months until the Spring league starts up! How time flies.

    Nothing says “commitment” like signing a one year contract. LOL
    It’s very presumptuous that he’ll be able to learn the Canadian game, overtake Jeremiah Masoli as starter AND have an M.O.P. worthy season, which MIGHT garner NFL interest.
    If he was smart, and didn’t have such an enormous ego, he’d understand that two years would be better for him, the prospective club and the NFL to judge if he’s worth of another chance down south.

  11. Johnny who?

  12. Ticats63 // May 9, 2018 at 5:26 pm //

    The fact that Manziel is still Ticats’ property tells you the value of his negotiation rights to the other CFL teams…..ZERO.

    Drew, please, please, please…let’s disperse with the Johnny M stories now, I’m sure we’ve all had enough.

    A dinner description (remember those road trips in your early years?) from you would be more welcome at this point!

    Oskee-wee-wee – Go Bulldogs!!

  13. Stuart Tarry // May 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm //

    I struggle with the idea that Manziel believes he will “only”need a one year contract before the NFL comes calling. He is going to need to show he can stay the course of a full season and is going to need to show he is able to produce on the field.

    If Masoli plays like last year, he won’t get on the field. If the wheels come off for the Ticats he could get thrown In the deep end.

    Maybe he believes he will play like Doug Flutie from the gun and the Pats will trade Brady just for a chance to get his signature

  14. Edward Leslie // May 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm //

    Stuart: It doesn’t surprise me at all. Many of these football players are delusional.
    Look at Victor Butler in Toronto. He’s over 30 and has been cut by more than one NFL club. He also has a drug suspension in his past in the NFL. Yet he figures that NFL teams are just waiting for the chance to sign him, if only Toronto would release him.
    Then there’s Trent Richardson. He WAS a highly touted college star who was a Heisman trophy runnerup and high 1st round draft pick, but he was a disappointment in the NFL.
    He figures a handful of not very impressive games in
    the CFL with Saskatchewan was enough to get the NFL to beat a path to his door.
    He even didcussed signing with an NFL team in an interview, as if the CFL contract didn’t even exist. He also didn’t realize that his comments might be heard by people in Canada. Do they have the internet in Canada???!!
    I like football, but a lot of the football players live up to the dumb jock image.

  15. There are absolutely some moronic comments on here. So let’s see if he comes and when he does then we will have a lot to talk about. June Jones will make all the decisions re who starts when is Johnny Manziel ready. There is no question it will happen as he has A lot of talent. Will be interesting to start the dialogue as things happen. I know one thing the hype will be big on first day of his arrival.

  16. Dstylz // May 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm //

    I’d like to see Manziel play up here! He’d give the league some huge exposure down south that might also help with the recruiting in the future. Give the league some genuine star power. It would be fun to watch! I think the league will have to go with the nfl window next year though with two new leagues starting up.

  17. Ti-Cats Fan // May 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm //

    I think everyone is reading far too much in his desire to want a one year contract in the CFL. What player in the CFL wouldn’t want a one year deal if they can make big bucks in the NFL next year ?? Manziel is no different than any player. I also think this has nothing to do with his committment level if he plays in the CFL. NFL offers will only come if he is very successful in CFL. It wouldn’t be horrible to win a couple Grey Cups and he goes to the NFL. I hope Hamilton signs him but only at $150-$200 K range.

    • Cat Fan // May 10, 2018 at 3:42 pm //

      The bigger question is whether one year in the CFL would be enough for an NFL team to sign him.

      As for the $150-$200K range – if he holds out for what his agent says is required then it does not appear to be this low. It is negotiations so nothing is written in stone.

  18. BJ Brunneg // May 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm //

    Ok, ok – I get it that he MIGHT be able to play himself into a starting role (IF we sign him……), but let’s be real. It will take him AT LEAST 1/2 season to figure the CFL game out, then he would have to beat out Mr. Masoli. Not sure that he would be able to do that in 1 year.
    So, maybe (MAYBE) he IS the superstar that everybody thinks he is, but that will have to be proved ON THE FIELD, in REAL GAMES. Sure, he has potential, but until he’s showing it, it’s still only POTENTIAL!
    Let’s concentrate on what we have HERE, NOW (as coach Jones is doing….!!!), and worry about what he can or can’t do WHEN HE IS SIGNED, and STARTS TO PLAY THE CFL GAME.
    Until then it’s all speculation, and that and $1.50 will get you a warm drink.

    • Cat Fan // May 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

      Those who say talent has not been the issue for any league also seem to clearly believe a game or two is all that is required.

      Either way – without a signing and eventually playing in a game, it is all speculation.

  19. EdL ..you got it exactly right! Every fan has the right to subscribe to the adage: hope springs eternal. But, some Ticat fans must be delusional to conclude that a QB (any QB, let alone a screwed-up one) could come up here, and star immediately. The most recent(?) was Ray…maybe they still have memories of Joe Zuger…but rookies lighting it up?…I think one guy said 2 grey cups in 2yrs, then he would bolt to the NFL… is dreamworld stuff. Really? When was the last back-to-back GC winner? (which is way tougher now than it used to be) Even Doug Flutie, who was named the top CFL player, all-time, never won GCs in his first 2 years with BC…won it in his second year. (he did back2back later with the Argos).
    Many wannabees come up here thinking the league is roughly on par with their high school league, and they will dominate immediately without breaking a sweat. (except for, maybe, Toronto, most US college guys don’t know who or where the CFL teams are, and couldn’t even find them on a map.) They quickly find out that even earning a spot on the bench will be tough, so most crash and burn.

    • Dakaz. Thank you for advising all her most Americans do t even know “who or where the CFL teams are located and couldn’t even find them on a map”. Should Johnny Manziel come to play in Canada I believe you are in agreement with the media hype and media impressions most Americans know more about cfl and cities they play in. Great plus for all team and cities.

  20. Wideout // May 10, 2018 at 11:12 am //

    Why would 3down feel the league needs to respond to an absolute fictitious story from one of their contributors? The league owes them no explanation on this as it was not ever remotely considered by them. That would be the same as we posters feeling Red should respond to a post on here that he is not a psychopathic, moronic, danger to society. Total fictitious so why would he bother responding?

  21. Manziel might need two years to learn a playbook.

  22. For all the negative Hamilton bloggers re Johnny Manziel. If he does come to Canada you may be all surprised if he is traded to bc lions. What a change that would be for fans on bc. Let’s all follow. We should know soon. I live on Hamilton so would be disappointed if that happened.

    • Cat Fan // May 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm //

      I wouldn’t be surprised … I would be shocked and bewildered.

      Jones describes Manziel as potentially the best ever in the CFL then would send him to BC?

      What can BC supply that the Cats need desperately for Jones to make such an extreme change of gears?

      Or is part of this scenario that Manziel never sees game action at THF so the trade is about moving obsolete parts? It clearly would contradict the “all he needs to do is sign to become starter then dominate the league” scenario.

  23. PS. All the negative Manziel bloggers from western Canada should start yocwotry about bc.

  24. Manz filed 10 day contract window in early sept. 17. @RandyAmbrosie paused window and evaluated him off the field. John would have been evaluated on field in 17 and had 1 year left in 18. Backdate contract to Sept. 17 and give JM credit for 17 evaluation as time in service.

  25. Dakaz.. Some QBs flop, some take a while and some star in initial 2 year contract such as… Chuck Ealy, Joe Theisman, Doug Flutie, Ricky Ray and Zach Colkaros.. it happens

  26. Broncosfan // May 12, 2018 at 5:17 am //

    Canadians play football??? Lmao lol lol omg I can’t breathe.. Lol

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