Johnny Manziel reportedly signs deal to join AAF

HAMILTON ON- NOVEMBER 3 Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes fires a pass against the Hamilton Tiger Cats in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field

"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to Alliance of American Football, which we've always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers", said Head of Football Bill Polian in a statement. No, it's not the NFL.

On Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the former Browns QB has signed with the up-start Alliance of American Football League.

As of this moment Manziel does not have a team, but he will go through the AAF waiver system since the San Antonio Commanders released his college allocation rights. The Express lost to the Salt Lake Stallions 22-9 in Week 6, losing quarterback Zach Mettenberger to an apparent ankle injury on their first offensive play. Brandon Silvers played the majority of the game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 242 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

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Manziel most recently played in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, but he was released by the team in February after violating the conditions he agreed to in order to play in the league. Mettenberger had replaced Christian Hackenberg as Memphis' starter, so coach Mike Singletary could look to Manziel to lead his squad. He'll be immediately eligible to play with his new team.

Standard AAF contracts are for three years and $250,000. In a recent interview, he said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking. He washed out of the National Football League less than two years after the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round, making just eight starts and throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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