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Johnny Manziel

Quarterback  Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Height:   6' 0''   Weight:   209

June 15, 2018    Johnny Manziel News

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Manziel is listed as the backup quarterback for Saturday's season opener against the Stampeders.

Manziel has only been a Tiger-Cat for about a month, so it should come as no surprise that he will head into his first CFL campaign in a reserve role behind Jeremiah Masoli. The Tiger-Cats appear committed to Masoli, but there will no doubt be plenty of clamor for Manziel to get a shot at some point.

Johnny Manziel: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

June 4, 2018

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Manziel completed 9-of-11 passes for 80 yards in Hamilton's preseason opener Friday. He also added 10 rushing yards on two carries in his first CFL action.

Manziel's numbers Friday do not jump off the page, but he was at least efficient in the passing game. Given that Manziel has only been a Tiger-Cat for several weeks, he figures to head into the regular season in a reserve role behind fellow quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

May 28, 2018

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Manziel saw in increase in reps Sunday with fellow quarterback Vernon Adams (undisclosed) sidelined, CFL's official site reports.

The former Texas A&M star recently signed with Hamilton after months of speculation, and he could see a move up the depth chart with an increase in practice reps. While both Manziel and Adams were expected to see playing time Friday in their preseason game against Toronto, right now it is Jeremiah Masoli who is the presumed starter when the regular season begins.

May 19, 2018

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Manziel has inked a two-year contract with Hamilton.

Initially reluctant to join the ranks north of the border, Manziel warmed up to the idea after receiving lukewarm interest from NFL teams. He last played football professionally for the Cleveland Browns in 2015 but struggled with both addiction and bipolar disorder, which that led to a swift exit from the NFL. Manziel played well in his Spring League appearance, completing nine of his 15 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown and will now restart his professional career. Given his pedigree, the hype surrounding the signing and Jeremiah Masoli's mediocre play under center, Manziel will likely enter camp the favorite to win the starting job for the Tiger-Cats right out of the gate.

February 14, 2018

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Manziel isn't expected to sign a contract with Hamilton in the near future after posting Wednesday on his personal Twitter account that he would resume his football career by taking part in The Spring League, a scouting and showcase event based in Austin, Texas.

Hamilton had maintained negotiation rights with Manziel after the CFL approved the 25-year-old quarterback for a 2018 contract back in December. Manziel's agent had previously established a deadline of Jan. 31 to reach agreement on a contract with Hamilton, but the two sides were never believed to be especially close on a deal. Perhaps in an attempt to bolster his bargaining power with Hamilton or attract renewed interest from NFL teams, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will look to impress observers in The Spring League, which runs from March 28 through mid-April. For now, Jeremiah Masoli looks to be unchallenged as the Tiger-Cats' top signal caller entering 2018 after inking a two-year contract extension in January.

January 8, 2018

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Manziel is giving Hamilton until Jan. 31 to make him a fair offer, TSN reports.

According to Manziel's agent the 25-year-old is looking for a 500K contract at the moment to take his talents north of the border, which would be similar to the deal Zach Collaros signed which made him the highest paid player in the CFL in 2016, Matthew Scianitti of TSN reports. While not a hefty price in the NFL, seeing Manziel become one of the richest Canadian football players would certainly be surprising especially since he hasn't played professional football since 2015-16. Manziel's agent said if Hamilton isn't able to reach a deal with his camp by the date they'll start looking at other options professionally for the Texas native, but with Hamilton's interest and Manziel's positive relationship with head coach June Jones, it still wouldn't be surprising to see a deal fall in place.

January 7, 2018

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The Tiger-Cats confirmed Sunday that they are attempting to reach agreement with Manziel on a contract, Kevin Seifert of reports.

The Tiger-Cats have owned Manziel's CFL rights for several years, so if the quarterback opts to head to Canada to resume his playing career, he'll have to sign with Hamilton, who maintained his rights by offering him a two-year contract Sunday. The move doesn't necessarily mean that a signing his forthcoming, but it enables Hamilton to continue negotiating with Manziel, who hasn't played at any level since being released by the NFL's Cleveland Browns in March 2016. While the dual-threat abilities Manziel demonstrated during his college career at Texas A&M make him an intriguing CFL prospect, his time away from football along with the off-field issues he's dealt with in recent years make it far from guaranteed that he would immediately find success if he were to join Hamilton.

December 28, 2017

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The CFL approved Manziel for a 2018 contract, Kevin Seifert of reports.

Out of football since being let go by the NFL's Cleveland Browns in March of 2016, Manziel looks poised to resume his playing career in Canada, so long as he can fulfill a number of confidential conditions required for his eligibility. The 25-year-old quarterback is only able to sign with the Tiger-Cats, who own his rights after working him out back in September. Manziel's lengthy time away from football, inexperience with the Canadian game and history of poor off-field decisions are obstacles he'll need to overcome to find success if he signs with Hamilton, but the play-making ability he showed during his college days at Texas A&M make him an intriguing prospect. For what it's worth, Hamilton coach June Jones has said earlier this month that he believes Manziel can be the "best player" to ever suit up in the CFL. "He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do," Jones said in an interview with