Johnny Football heads to Montreal

24 July, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Report: Johnny Manziel traded to Montreal Alouettes

Manziel signed a two-year deal in the CFL, meaning he won't be eligible to return to the United States to play football until 2020, assuming he's not released.

The Tiger-Cats, coached by former SMU coach June Jones, held Manziel's rights this spring as he attempted to make his way back to the NFL.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded the former Heisman Trophy victor to the Montreal Alouettes in a deal that involves five players and two picks, TSN's Duane Forde reports.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a release. Montreal has thrown out three different starting quarterbacks this season and boasts the worst offense in the CFL.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman has known Manziel for several years.

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Manziel earned almost $8 million over two National Football League seasons, according to Spotrac.

According to TSN, Montreal is giving up two first round draft picks, plus receiver Chris Williams and defensive end Jamaal Westerman. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team. "With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence". In a recent interview, he said he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking.

Shortly after the deal was made Hamilton announced that it would give away $100 vouchers to fans who bought a Manziel Ticats jersey to purchase "new gear" for Saturday's game at Tim Hortons Field. Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, tweeted Sunday night.

The Alouettes (1-4) have scored a league-low 69 points in five CFL games this season while also allowing a league-high 148 points against. Montreal takes on the Edmonton Eskimos (3-2) on Thursday night.

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