AAF giving Johnny Manziel opportunity to work out for all its teams

The Alliance of American Football is giving Johnny Manziel a chance to work out for all eight of the league’s teams if he chooses.

“Right now, it’s a decision of the GMs, and they can decide what they want to do,” AAF chairman Tom Dundon told USA TODAY Sports.

“If talent-wise this is close, the negative of him is that there is drama with him and you are trying to win games and build a team. The positive is that he brings in fans and attention.”

The San Antonio Commanders own Manziel’s rights under the league’s allocation system because the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner played for Texas A&M University. That means San Antonio would get the first chance to sign Manziel.

An XFL spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports the league has not had any contact with Manziel or his representatives.

Should Manziel opt for the AAF, Dundon said the former first-round NFL draft pick would be evaluated “like any other player,” and he would not be offered a special contract because of his marquee name. Every player in the AAF receives a three-year deal worth $250,000.

“Everybody gets the same,” Dundon said. “That will never change.”

Dundon and Manziel’s side have communicated in the last day since the Montreal Alouettes were directed by the CFL to release Manziel after it was found that he contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.

Montreal made the deal for Manziel to become the starting quarterback for the Als. He passed for 1,290 yards, five touchdowns versus seven interceptions and rushed 29 times for 215 yards ending the season 2-6 as Montreal’s starter. Manziel had not thrown a pass in a pro game since December 2015 and coming to Canada was his comeback to football.

Manziel starred at Texas A&M, capturing the 2012 Heisman Trophy. He was selected in the first round, No. 22 overall, in the 2014 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns but he was released in March 2016 after posting a 2-6 record over two tumultuous campaigns.
It appears the AAF could be where Manziel makes his next stop.


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