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Johnny Manziel moves closer toward playing in CFL

Johnny Manziel moves closer toward playing in CFL

On Thursday, the Canadian Football League announced that Johnny Manziel will be eligible to play in the league in 2018.

On Thursday, CFL team Hamilton Tiger-Cats released a statement that said Manziel is now eligible for the CFL after being ruled ineligible earlier this year.

"As a result of this process, the commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated", the statement reads. Additionally, the CFL stipulated that Manziel would have to meet a number of conditions set by the league to ensure his eligibility.

The following month, Manziel met with commissioner Randy Ambrosie to discuss a resolution, which included Manziel having to fulfill certain requirements to join the league. "The process that led to this decision, however, will continue. The CFL has extended the stay on the expiry of the 10-day window for Mr. Manziel until November 30, 2017 and therefore Mr. Manziel will remain on Hamilton's negotiation list until that date". "These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential".

"We appreciate the CFL office and commissioner Randy Ambrosie's due diligence in this matter", the Ticats said in a statement.

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Manziel has had past legal troubles, which impacted whether or not he'd be allowed to play in the CFL. "We will have no further comment at this time".

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is pressured by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Hamilton started last season 0-8, but finished 6-12 with former OR and Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli running Jones' offense.

Manziel, now 25, was taken 22nd overall in the 2014 National Football League draft by the Cleveland Browns but was released after just two seasons with the team. Vice-president Kent Austin said, Manziel, "has one of the single greatest highlight films of any college football player I've ever seen". "He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do". He played one more season at Texas A&M, before being drafted by the Browns in 2014.

Manziel was released by the Browns in March of 2016 and did not sign with any other National Football League team since.

In two season in Cleveland, Manziel started in 8 games, throwing for 1,675 yards, 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, along with rushing for 259 yards and a touchdown.


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