Johnny Manziel may have overcome a barrier towards signing a CFL contract.
His two-year-old case for assault has been dismissed.
Manziel was charged with assault of former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. He reached a dismissal agreement that required him to complete an anger management class, attend a domestic violence impact panel and participate in a substance-abuse program.
From the Dallas News:
Manziel was accused of kidnapping, beating and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend in January 2016. The ex said the alleged abuse, during a fight over another woman, left her deaf in one ear.
The maximum punishment for a conviction on the misdemeanor charge would have been a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
But Manziel reached an agreement last year with the Dallas County district attorney’s office to get his misdemeanor assault charge dismissed if he agreed to a set of conditions that included rehab and anger management help.
It appears he’s completed those requirements. The charge was dismissed this month, records show.
In late September, after meeting commissioner Randy Ambrosie it was stipulated that Manziel would need to meet certain conditions in order to have his contract registered.
After an extensive process of due diligence and an in-person meeting with Mr. Manziel, the Commissioner has decided that he will not register any contract for Mr. Manziel for this season. However, Mr. Manziel will be eligible to sign a contract for the 2018 season and, if Mr. Manziel meets certain conditions that have been spelled out by the Commissioner, the CFL will register that contract. The specifics of those conditions are confidential and will not be disclosed.
Manziel will remain on Hamilton’s neg list until a final decision is made.
The league required Manziel be assessed by an expert in domestic violence prevention before signing a contract with any club after Manziel activated the 10-day window that required Hamilton offer him a contract earlier this year. The league subsequently extended the timeline so it could complete its review.
Under CFL rules, any player on a team’s exclusive 45-man negotiation list can demand to be offered a contract within 10 days. If a contract offer is not received within that period, the player is removed from the neg list. If a contract offer is received but rejected, the player is removed from the list one year from the offer date.
The 24-year-old has been on the Ticats neg list since his days at Texas A&M, where he became the first freshman to capture the Heisman Trophy. The Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round, No. 22 overall, in the 2014 NFL draft and he spent two seasons with the club, posting a 2-6 record as a starter before being released March 11, 2016.
That assault charge being dismissed could make it one step closer to Manziel being given the go-ahead by CFL to sign in the three-down league.