Johnny Manziel Will Play For AAF’s Memphis Express


Johnny Manziel has been assigned to the Memphis Express the team announced Saturday. 

The Express have Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger on their roster at quarterback to serve as competition for Manziel. 

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Johnny Manziel has signed the Alliance of American Football Standard Player Agreement.

According to Schefter, Manziel now will go through the AAF waiver system after the San Antonio Commanders released his college allocation rights. 

Schefter notes that Memphis holds the AAF’s top waiver claim.

A few weeks ago, AAF chairman Tom Dundon told USA Today Sports that Manziel’s camp has been in contact with officials for the Alliance of American Football about the possibility of playing in the new league.

Durden said that Manziel has been offered an opportunity to work out for its teams.

The Alouettes announced last month that they had released Manziel for an undisclosed violation his contract and he would not be allowed to sign with another CFL team.

Manziel, 26, 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.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Manziel to a contract last year before trading him to the Alouettes.

In 2018, Manziel completed 106 of 165 pass attempts for 1,290 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Alouettes over the course of 11 games.

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