In the midst of the AAF folding, Johnny Manziel was giving financial advice to players on Twitter and replied to a Tweet from Ticats radio play-by-play man Marshall Ferguson with some shade throw the Montreal Alouettes way.
If you’re an AAF player and the league does dissolve. The last check you got will be the last one that you get. No lawsuit or anything else will get you your bread. Save your money and keep your head up. It’s the only choice at this point unless something drastic happens.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 2, 2019
Manziel was due an off-season bonus of $75,000 from the Als on March 1. He could have made $202,000 in base salary with $18,000 housing and $150,000 more is possible from playtime incentives. That money had been available on the final year of Manziel’s two-year contract originally signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last May.
The 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 and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner took the high road at the time.
I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans. My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 27, 2019
The CFL informed all of its member clubs that it will not register a contract for Manziel should any franchise attempt to sign him.
Manziel was acquired in a blockbuster in-season trade last year when the Alouettes sent Canadian defensive end Jamaal Westerman, receiver Chris Williams and two first round draft picks to the Ticats.
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.
The AAF’s Memphis Express signed Manziel, but he was knocked out of his second game with the club due to what appeared to be a concussion. Manziel has recorded five completions on eight attempts in two career AAF games for zero touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed for 38 yards on five carries.
With the AAF ceasing operations, Manziel will have to find his next team.