Former CFL all-star receiver Manny Arceneaux signs with Frisco Fighters

Former CFL all-star receiver Manny Arceneaux has signed with the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League.

The 33-year-old Arceneaux last played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019. The six-foot-two, 215-pound pass catcher suited up in 11 games, making 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Riders, Arceneaux played 129 games with the B.C. Lions. He recorded 556 receptions for 8,169 yards and 55 touchdowns over eight years on the West coast.

Arceneaux produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons — including a career-high 1,566 yards in 2016 — from 2015-2017. For his efforts, in 2015 and 2016 Arceneaux was named a three-down league all-star.

Following his first 1,000-yard campaign with the Lions, Arceneaux signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in three games, recording one reception for 10 yards during the 2011 NFL season.

After training camp in 2012, Minnesota waived Arceneaux, Washington claimed him and he spent time on the practice squad. He signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Jets, but never made it out of the off-season with gang green.

During the pandemic Arceneaux started his own business training young players while raising his two boys Deuce and Elijah, and staying peak physical condition in Texas. Arceneaux has been catching passes from Frisco quarterback Jonathan Bane who convinced him to join the Fighters.

The IFL season begins in May, the first game for Frisco is against Spokane on Saturday, May 15. The league is scheduled to play a 14-game season. Exactly the same number of games the CFL is hoping to play in 2021. If the right situation presented itself, Arceneaux would be open to one more go around in Canada.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.