June Jones and Johnny Manziel could have a reunion in the XFL.
Jones was introduced as the Houston XFL franchise’s new head coach this week and given that they were both members of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season, the media asked about the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
“I had Johnny in Hamilton. I enjoyed the five or six weeks. He played very good for me actually. But he wanted to get on the field and I could see that it was going to take a little time for him to learn the system,” Jones said.
When the Ticats were in negotiations to sign Manziel, the 66-year-old Jones went on record saying “Manziel would be the best player to ever play up here.”
“He can throw it and he can run it like nobody has ever been able to do,” Jones said at the time.
Jeremiah Masoli opened the season with a hot hand, relegating Manziel to clipboard duty and the Ticats traded the celebrity QB to the Alouettes in a blockbuster deal as Montreal sent Canadian defensive end Jamaal Westerman, receiver Chris Williams and two first round draft picks to Hamilton.
Manziel became the Als starting quarterback, passing for 1,290 yards, five touchdowns versus seven interceptions and rushed 29 times for 215 yards. He finished the season 2-6 as Montreal’s starter.
The Alouettes were directed by the CFL in late February to release Manziel after it was found that he contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league. The CFL informed all of its member clubs that it would not register a contract for Manziel should any franchise attempt to sign him.
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 recorded five completions on eight attempts in two career AAF games for zero touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 38 yards on five carries.
“Johnny is an interesting guy, he’s competitive, he’s proven that he has won, he’s just been through a lot in the last three or four years. That’s kind of a league decision there, but definitely I assume that he’ll be in the draft pool,” Jones said.
“He’ll go into the pool and anybody can draft him if he’s dedicated to the game and wants to give this a go again. I know that his name is definitely going to get into the player pool and probably go through the draft.”
Jones wanted Manziel in the CFL and if he has his way the same could happen in the XFL.