Johnny Manziel Making First CFL Start Friday


The Montreal Alouettes announced Tuesday that Johnny Manziel will make his first start for them on Friday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Tiger-Cats actually traded Manziel to the Alouettes a few weeks ago, which allowed him to reunit with HC Mike Sherman, who recruited him to Texas A&M back in 2012.

This season, Manziel has been limited to appearing in two preseason games for the Tiger-Cats and completed 21 of his 31 passes (67.7%) to go along with a touchdown. He also rushed for 19 yards.

The Tiger-Cats signed Manziel to a two-year contract worth a base value of $122,000 and includes a $10,000 signing bonus for the 2018 season this past May. The deal includes $18,000 housing stipend, $10,000 bonuses for being active for 6, 10 and 14 games and another $120,000 if he plays half of the team’s snaps.

Manziel, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Browns back in 2014. He was in the second year of his four-year, $8,247,250 rookie contract when the Browns cut him loose at the start of the 2016 league year.

Manziel received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on recreational drug and wound up sitting out the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

In 2015, Manziel appeared in nine games and thrown for 1,500 yards while completing 57.8 percent of his passes to go along with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manziel also ran for 230 yards. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 31 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players that year.


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