Montreal Alouettes Release QB Johnny Manziel

On Wednesday, the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL announced that they’ve released QB Johnny Manziel after they discovered that he contravened his agreement with the team.

“We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement,” said General Manager Kavis Reed in a statement. “We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed.”

“We are confident going into the 2019 training camp with a roster of quarterbacks that had played in our system last year and are committed to our 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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