While quarterback Johnny Manziel may have tongues wagging (and us posting incessantly) over his will-or-won’t-he dance with the CFL, Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Brandon Banks has given 2017 starter Jeremiah Masoli a vote of support on Twitter.
Banks and Masoli were the main benefactors from the arrival of June Jones as head coach in late August. Masoli went 6-4 after being installed as the starter on Labour Day (he played in 10 games, not eight) while Banks set the world on fire by posing more than 1,000 yards receiving after joining the starting line up.
Both, however, are set to become free agents in February.
The CFL announced last Thursday it would approve a contract for Manziel should he reach a deal with the Ticats, who have had the quarterback on the negotiation list since his days at Texas A&M. The team has until Jan. 7 to offer him a contract – it could be for just the league minimum – or risk losing his rights.
Banks’ sentiments come a week after an Instagram post from Argos Marcus Ball which said much the same thing (without the Masoli reference of course.)
With all this talk from the Ticats about how great Manziel could be – vice-president of football operations Kent Austin said “he has one of the single greatest highlight films of any college football player I’ve ever seen” while head coach June Jones went even further, saying “He’d be the best player to ever play up here” – one has to wonder if that will impact Masoli’s decision-making when it comes to returning to Hamilton.