Johnny Manziel has found his way back to professional football, albeit in the Canadian Football League.
According to NFL.com, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday, ending his two-year hiatus from the sport.
“We’re excited to add Johnny Manziel to our roster, particularly getting it done now so that Johnny can join his new teammates and the coaching staff for a full training camp,” Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said. “We feel like we’ve got an excellent group of quarterbacks, and the addition of Johnny only improves our football team in our pursuit of the ultimate goal, which is to win a Grey Cup Championship.”
For his part, Manziel said he saw the CFL as the best opportunity to get back to doing what he loves.
“Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break,” he said on Twitter. “Getting back to playing ball — that’s what it comes down to. Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds. I’m no longer unemployed, getting back to what I love to do, and I’m happy about it.”
The 25-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t played professional football since he was cut from the Cleveland Browns in March of 2016 amid domestic violence allegations. Manziel’s signing ends months of speculation that he’d been making an intensive effort to resurrect his career after throwing at multiple college pro days and playing in two Spring League games last month.