Johnny manziel has been traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the last-place Montreal Alouettes, reuniting the quarterback with one of his former Texas A&M coaches.
Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice were sent to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022, ESPN reported. Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed believes the acquisition of Manziel will have an immediate impact on the the offense.
“We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. “With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offense.”
The 25-year-old Manziel sat behind Jeremiah Masoli at Hamilton and saw no playing time as the former Oregon Ducks star has started the season on fire, recording his ninth consecutive 300-yard passing game by week five of the 2018 season and tying a CFL record in the process.
Manziel will now be playing for first-year Alouettes coach Mike Sherman, who brought him to Texas A&M in 2011 as the Aggies’ head coach. Sherman, who also coached the Green Bay Packers, believes the trade will elevate the team.
“This is a move both Kavis Reed and I felt we needed to make at this time,” Sherman said. “Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team. I look forward to reuniting with Johnny again and working with him.”