Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Date of Birth:  12/06/1992
Age:  25
Height  6'0"
Weight:   210
College:  Texas A&M
Drafted:  2014 | Round 1 | Pick 22
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Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Johnny Manziel is playing in the CFL.

Manziel made the announcement on Twitter, and he says he's signing a two-year deal with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Aside from The Spring League earlier this year, Manziel hasn't played in a football game since 2015, so this move to the Canadian Football League is probably necessary if he wants to get back in the NFL, as it's likely no NFL team wanted to sign him. The former Heisman Trophy winner will look to show he can fully commit to playing football for a team without causing issues, which is seems like he's ready to do. Still only 25 years old, Manziel might get another shot in the NFL if he shows well in the CFL.

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Johnny Manziel says he'll play in the NFL for free.

Manziel has been on the comeback trail for a bit now, and he's already foregoing an offer from the CFL to play in The Spring League next month. NFL Network reported earlier that Manziel would join a practice squad and not even get paid if that was a necessary step to prove he can play in the NFL, and Manziel seemingly heard the report and went to Twitter to confirm, tweeting "I'll play again for FREE. It's not about the money it's about getting back to doing what I miss and love." The former Heisman Trophy winner has been active on social media lately, including showing some of his training, and it certainly sounds like he seriously wants to get another shot at playing in the NFL.

Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Johnny Manziel will play in The Spring League next month.

Manziel made the announcement on Twitter, stating: "Back in Texas where it all started. I'll be joining @TheSpringLeague in Austin to get #ComebackSZN started! Can't wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do! #cantwaitforspring". There were many rumors of Manziel joining the CFL, but his actions as of late, including an interview with Good Morning America yesterday, indicated he's trying to get back into the NFL as quick as possible. All it takes is one team to believe Manziel has truly changed to give him a shot in OTAs and/or training camp, and we anticipate him playing well in The Spring League. It starts on March 28 and will likely be watched by a good amount of people with "Johnny Football" in action.

Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Johnny Manziel opens up to Good Morning America about his downfall.

The former Heisman winner spoke to ABC News' T.J. Holmes in a rare and revealing interview in which he opened up about some of the issues he went through that eventually led to his release from the Cleveland Browns in 2016. Manziel did seem genuine in the interview, saying that his parents would have people come up to them and ask, "What the hell is your son doing?", adding that his mom "just broke down" crying about it, which triggered him to see some of the consequences of his actions. The talented quarterback also said he's been watching football players on the field while he's sitting on the couch like a "loser." Manziel says he's  not drinking, is on medication for bipolar disorder, and that his ultimate goal is to get back into the NFL. Again, Manziel appeared truly genuine in the interview, but he does have a "COMEBACK SZN" clothing line he just started to sell a couple of weeks ago and could be looking for publicity for that. He probably does sincerely want to get back in the NFL, and we believe he has the ability to play well in the league. However, he might need to prove he can commit to the game and stay out of trouble by playing in the CFL before an NFL team gives him another chance. Stranger things have happened, and Manziel should not be counted out just yet.

Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Johnny Manziel worked out for a CFL team last week, according to TSN.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats worked the former Heisman winner out in Buffalo, but the team reportedly came away "convinced he's not ready to resume his professional career." They cited sources that say Manziel did not look to be in shape or have an "off-field regiment...consistent with that of someone dedicated to professional football." It's a bit curious considering Manziel himself said he was working hard, but the Tiger-Cats must not see it that way. Manziel is trying to work his way back into the NFL, and with guys like former Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III also struggling to get a job, it's going to be difficult.

Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Johnny Manziel still hopes to play in the NFL again.

Manziel was at the National Fantasy Football Convention and said he's "had a couple conversations" with teams about playing again, according to Joe Machota of the Dallas News; one of those conversations could have been with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, whom he talked to during the week of the Super Bowl. Manziel said "I know the situation that I put myself in. I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes I made," adding that he's "really hopeful" and will be ready if given another opportunity. The former Heisman winner realizing and taking responsibility for his mistakes is a great step in the right direction. Manziel has a lot of ability—as he showed in his limited NFL action with the Browns—but it's unclear whether he'll get another chance in the league.

Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Saints coach Sean Payton met with Johnny Manziel the week of the Super Bowl, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport said they had breakfast together and discussed a return to football, and that Payton "appears to have taken an interest in him." With Drew Brees just turning 38 years old, Manziel could theoretically be signed as the quarterback of the future in New Orleans. He's certainly got the talent, and Brees would provide great mentorship to the player formerly known as "Johnny Football." The Payton-Brees duo to help Manziel get back on track seems like a perfect situation, but it's ultimately up to Manziel to get his life and career turned around, which it seems like he's taken steps towards.

Johnny Manziel | Free Agent QB

Johnny Manziel takes another step towards returning to the NFL: hires former agent Erik Burkhardt.

According to Ian Rapoport, Burkhardt made Manziel make "serious commitments" to take him back as his client. Perhaps Manziel has to lay off alcohol (which would be a great decision) as part of the commitment. Manziel has been posting Instagram of him working out with quarterback coach George Whitfield, and Manziel appears to be in great shape after looking almost sickly last year. Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report that teams are interested in Manziel, which is not surprising. Despite his trouble off the field, Manziel can certainly play football. He's a unique player that could get a chance to compete for a starting job in 2017. If his head is on straight, Manziel would not be a bad option at all as your starting quarterback.

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