Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
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Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis

Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis

Johnny Manziel is back once again.

Manziel signed the AAF standard player agreement on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, which will officially allow teams to sign the quarterback.

Just weeks after he was released by his Canadian Football League team and essentially banned from signing anywhere else, the former Heisman Trophy victor gets yet another shot to show that he has something left in the tank. The Express, who have struggled offensively all season, are on their third quarterback, starting with former Jets bust Christian Hackenberg, followed by Zach Mettenberger. The Express next plays vs. Birmingham on March 24 in Memphis.


Memphis, which has a 1-5 record and has had trouble with its quarterback situation, will hold the first waiver claim once Manziel goes through the system. He was 2-6 as a starter with the Montreal Alouettes last season, completing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 percent) for 1,290 yards with five TDs and seven interceptions.

He went on to sign with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2017. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling.

Manziel, 26, was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He entered the 2013 National Football League draft, and was selected No. 22 overall by the Browns.

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