Johnny Manziel’s Ticats contract details

Johnny Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

NFL insider Jason La Canfora has the details.

That’s a similar deal in the first year as 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk felt would be worked out for Manziel.

But the key factor:

That means it appears Manziel has – at least on paper – committed to the CFL for two seasons.

Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli extended with the team in January for two years for over $700,000 and included a signing bonus of $125,000. The first year contains $235,000 in “hard money” with $90,000 in playtime incentives while the second features $335,000 “hard money” plus $45,000 in playtime incentives.

After being named Hamilton’s starting quarterback by June Jones on Sept. 4, Masoli led the Canadian Football League the rest of the season in passing yards (3,032) and rushing yards by a quarterback (384) and tied for second in passing touchdowns (15). Masoli went 6-4 over that stretch.

Manziel’s deal would appear to be a high-end backup type of pact when compared to other quarterback contracts around the league.


46 Comments on Johnny Manziel’s Ticats contract details

  1. That’s a lot of money to have tied up in a couple of no-talent hacks like Masoli and Manziel.

  2. Are the Ti-Cats out of their minds wrt Mazzoli contract? He has absolutely no body of work.

    • Tiger man // May 21, 2018 at 11:09 am //

      How about last season…how about the eastern final of 2015…

      You need to pay attention before you embarrass yourself…like this…

  3. BoatMen // May 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm //

    Bah hahaha June Jones basically just told Drew to eff off in the presser! 3D can’t ask football questions and has to cheapen everything up. Good for June Jones to keep it about football!

  4. On Instagram and FB the response has been off the grid – positive!! Young People are excited. On here, with an older demographic – much more negative.

  5. Manziel’s camp will lead the charge to lobby for changing those rules and throw money at it until he’s out.

  6. Masoli makes more than Bovine? How embarrassing for Mitchell

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

      Bo makes a ton under the table. Red even admitted it.

      • Oh….he’s under the table alright

        • Mr Red. // May 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm //

          Crude and droll.
          Bo, like all Stampeders are paid on the up and up.
          Bo will play for Calgary want it would cost the riders 10times more

        • I keep forgetting that the stamps get paid with whatever falls out of the Flames pockets. Afterthoughts

    • Mr Red. // May 19, 2018 at 6:14 pm //

      It’s not always about money, it’s about quality of life and career.
      Actually, in Regina it is about money, that’s they only reason players sign there

  7. Sea of Dead // May 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm //

    Masoli must be ticked at the deal Cats bestowed on Manziel. Looks more like a 1st string deal to me. I believe that JJ can’t wait to make him 1st string too despite what he says publicly. It will be interesting to see if he keeps Masoli on a short string and gives Manziel, his favoured one, more unwarranted play time. And we’ll have to wait and see how this signing impacts the dressing room.

    • you think masoli is ticked ? the answer is yes I know I am Manziel needs to prove him self iff I was GM Masoli would be number 1 quarterback than Manziel would be number 2 he would have got the contact he got 1 he has to prove self 2 he has not throwing a ball in cfl

  8. Doug Mc Clintock // May 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm //

    It’s nice to have owners with deep pockets ! Without them where would the CFL be ! That’s what Halifax needs. So far it is a hard sell in that part of Canada !

  9. Edward Leslie // May 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

    So basically it boils down to this:
    Manziel wanted to be paid as much as Collaros was ($500,000) and sign for just one year. Hamilton made tge compromise to pay him as much as Masoli ($350,000) IF he plays as much or more than Masoli and Manziel had to sign for two years, not one.
    This seems like a fair compromise to me.

    My question is will Manziel be a problem if he doesn’t end up playing as much as Masoli?
    Will the media be obsessed about starting Manziel everytime Masoli doesn’t win or play great?
    If that happens, 2018 might indeed turn into a circus in the hammer. But you know what? I’m curious to see and I’m looking forward to the season even more. Is it June yet?

    • Edward – this does sound like a bit of a nightmare in terms of managing fan/media expectations. Glad the ticats are the ones that have to deal with it.

    • Sea of Dead // May 19, 2018 at 6:27 pm //

      It doesn’t make much sense to have two high paid QBs on the roster if only one is getting the majority of the playing time, which will happen at some point this season. The salary cap room can be better utilized to fix holes in the line-up elsewhere. As a result, I suspect that Masoli or Manziel will likely be moved sometime during the season if one fails to meet expectations.

  10. Soooo look for Manziel to take 50% less 1 of the snaps this year.

    Ticats probably also have a side deal to release Manziel after 1 year and accept the penalty the league levies (which probably isn’t significant despite the BC fine being characterized as “hefty”)

  11. Best CFL Fan // May 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm //

    Contract information is supposed to be private. Where do they get this info?

  12. wewert3 // May 19, 2018 at 3:34 pm //

    As expected, the hearsay that Manziel would only sign in Hamilton for $500,000+ was completely bogus. Nothing more than click-bait and trolling that works because so many people are amazingly gullible.

    As to Manziel’s chances of receiving the $120k bonus. He has never played in the CFL, missed all of mini-camp, and is behind the curve already. He is therefore unlikely to take at least half the snaps this season. Only way Manziel sees that bonus is if Masoli struggles badly or is injured. No big deal to Hamilton as money designated for Masoli would then be given to Manziel.

    • You forgot to mention the other reason Manziel gets half the snaps is because June Jones thinks Manziel based on the team they are playing has the talent to win that game

  13. Colour me green // May 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

    It will be a gong show.

  14. I am glad to hear that Manziel has talked to Doug Flutie who would have set him straight about how long it takes to fully understand and be comfortable with the nuances of the CFL game. Flutie is on record as saying it took him about half a season, so it is a perfect situation for Manziel to come in as the backup and be able to watch and learn.

  15. With Masoli, Manziel & Adams the Tiger-Cats have the best 3 QB’s in the league. Can’t wait for the season to start.

  16. Mr Red. // May 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm //

    This is a very reasonable deal, the Ti-cats have the best value at QB tahn any team going into 2018

    BTW- Nick Arbuckle is a top notch player. He is a star in the making at the QB factory called historic McMahon Stadium

  17. Contracts in the CFL are not guaranteed. Manziel’s contract is only binding if he makes the team and is not cut.

    • Mr Red. // May 19, 2018 at 6:32 pm //

      That’s right, it’s no risk. Just cut him if he doesn’t work out and you’re out nothing!

  18. Ti-Cats Fan // May 20, 2018 at 11:47 am //

    I like this deal ! A Heizman trophy winner is coming to Hamilton. For all the nay sayers who like to dwell on what he has done in the past you can not deny he has the skill set to make it in the CFL. He appears willing to listen and learn and except a back up role. He is a young kid who has made a lot of mistakes and is trying to turn over his life and football career. Lets give him a chance !

  19. I can t wait until Johnny takes the field!!! Please start him!! I never watch CFL , only NFL…but I will watch if Johnny Manziel plays.
    P.S.Bring CFL to East Coast please?? Halifax is ready & able to support a team

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