Montreal Alouettes trade for controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel

Hamilton Tiger Cats quarterback Johnny Manziel throws the ball during first half pre-season CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal

Johnny Manziel has yet to throw a pass in the Canadian Football League, but the former Heisman Trophy victor still scored a big win on Sunday by being traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the last-place Montreal Alouettes.

Manziel, 25, had been serving as a backup in Hamilton, where Jeremiah Masoli is entrenched as the starter after a CFL record nine-straight 300-yard passing performances.

Als starting QB Drew Willy suffered his second injury of the season in Saturday's 25-8 loss against the Calgary Stampeders, leaving head coach Mike Sherman to run with third-stringer Matt Shiltz for three quarters of the game.

The Alouettes are now 1-4 and in fourth (and last) place in the CFL's East Division.

Montreal also got offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice from the Tiger-Cats for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. He appeared in 14 games overall, throwing for 1,675 yards and seven TD passes. Manziel redshirted in 2011 and went on to win the Heisman Trophy the following season under new coach Kevin Sumlin.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", said general manager Kavis Reed in a statement.

Montreal Alouettes trade for controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel
Montreal Alouettes trade for controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel

"With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that hewill have a positive impact on our offense". Montreal was already without quarterback Jeff Mathews for four to six weeks because of a foot injury.

He had actively pursued an NFL contract this offseason and played in the developmental Spring League before the CFL deal.

Naylor notes that others around the CFL are skeptical that Hamilton would move Manziel, but the situation bears watching.

"Johnny Manziel to Montreal is a done deal", Forde tweeted Sunday evening at around 6:45 p.m. ET.

Montreal, meanwhile, has scored just 69 total points during its 1-4 start and has nothing to lose by signing Manziel to shake things up a bit.

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