Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis


Former Heisman Trophy victor and NFL burnout Johnny Manziel will get his next chance on a football field in the Alliance of American Football. No, it's not the NFL.

CBS Sports was able to confirm that Manziel would be joining the start-up professional football league after ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that the quarterback had signed a player agreement.

Manziel's player rights initially belonged to the San Antonio Commanders based on the AAF's college-allocation system. Due to a mechanism within the league's rules, Manziel headed straight to the waiver wire.

Mettenberger had to leave Saturday's 22-9 loss to Salt Lake after suffering an ankle injury early in the game. Manziel was released by the CFL on February 27, citing Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

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The statement from the Alliance said that Manziel "will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he'll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary". A corresponding move was not immediately announced, but the league's waiver rules stipulate that the team would have to make a move with a quarterback. According to a release from the CFL, Manziel "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

Johnny Manziel has played in the NFL, CFL, and The Spring League.

Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling. In a recent interview, he said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking.

Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, but quickly fizzled out there.