The Ticats will send a scout down to watch Johnny Manziel play in The Spring League.
“Yes, we will have somebody down there. It’s a very short stint for these exhibitions and it will be over very, very quickly,” Hamilton vice president of football operations said on Friday.
The Spring League, which had its inaugural season in 2017, bills itself as an “elite developmental league and scouting event for professional football talent” that aims to “provide additional opportunities for players who may have been overlooked by the NFL.” It will play a four-game season in Austin, Texas – Manziel is from nearby Tyler and played his college football at Texas A&M – from March 28 to April 15 this year.
Manziel’s CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who have had him on their neg list since his college days when he won the Heisman Trophy in 2012. Playing in The Spring League wouldn’t preclude Manziel from playing in the CFL this season. The team’s three-day off-season workout session isn’t expected to take place until late April and rookie camps don’t open across the league until May 16.
Agent Erik Burkhardt, who Austin has stayed in constant contact with said: “teams want to see him in shape and with pads on.” Once Manziel finishes up The Spring League slate 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. “He’s doing well, he’s worked out with NFL guys for some time now prior to going down to Texas.”