Johnny Football is heading to Memphis to resume his football career.
The AAF, now in its first season, says Manziel will report Sunday to Memphis after the Express lost to Salt Lake, 22-9, on Saturday to fall to 1-5 on the year. The Express lost quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Saturday, who left after their first offensive snap with an ankle injury - according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Johnny Football could be back on the field soon.
The Commanders had the rights to Manziel because he played college football at Texas A&M. Mettenberger had replaced Christian Hackenberg as Memphis' starter, so coach Mike Singletary could look to Manziel to lead his squad. A corresponding move was not immediately announced, but the league's waiver rules stipulate that the team would have to make a move with a quarterback.
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Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel signed with the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night and will join the Memphis Express. The CFL also effectively barred Manziel from joining any other team in the league. AAF chairman Tom Dundon said earlier this month that Manziel would not receive any special treatment in the league, and will get the same three-year, $250,000 deal that every player gets.
"It's great for football, it's great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play, " the QB said. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling. The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy victor was released from his CFL contract last month, with league officials announcing he had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".
Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday. He entered the 2013 National Football League draft, and was selected No. 22 overall by the Browns.