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Johnny Manziel set to join AAF, report says

Johnny Manziel set to join AAF, report says

Johnny Football is heading to Memphis to resume his football career.

He spent less than a calendar year playing in Canada, first for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, then for the Montreal Alouettes, but on February 27, the league said the former NFL first-round draft choice and 2012 Heisman Trophy victor "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play" and forced Montreal to cut him from its roster.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M had his contract with the CFL terminated this offseason.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor will go through the AAF waiver system, per Schefter, after the San Antonio Commanders renounced his college allocation rights.

In Memphis, Manziel could get an opportunity to play quickly. The Express, who have struggled offensively all season, are on their third quarterback, starting with former Jets bust Christian Hackenberg, followed by Zach Mettenberger. "He will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he'll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary". He went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in 2014.

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Manziel was available to the AAF after the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL released him earlier this month and then said he could not play for any other team in its league. Manziel also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs.

Earlier today, it was announced that Manziel had joined the league. 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.

As a result, the Memphis Express had the highest waive claim for Manziel, and he will join the team.

Manziel entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse in 2015 while still a member of the Browns.

Manziel eventually ended up signing with Hamilton in May 2018 but was unable to get on to the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. In a conference call with reporters two weeks ago, AAF Head of Football Bill Polian said the league's due diligence on Manziel was roughly 50 percent complete.