Johnny Manziel is ready to play football again. And while it’s not in the National Football League, it’s competitive football. Not only that, but it’s professional football. Manziel is heading to Canada to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Yesterday, he would announce his plan to sign a two-year deal.
But last night, Manziel explained why he’s choosing the CFL route right now. Per ESPN, it’s this simple:
“I don’t want to wait around anymore. I want a chance to get on the field and get into the locker room and get a chance to play ball again.”
That makes perfect sense. After all, Manziel hasn’t stepped foot on an NFL field since 2015 for the Cleveland Browns. But he didn’t have the best of times during that stint, completing just 57 percent of his passes while racking up 1,675 yards over 15 appearances. He’s still just 25 years old; he’s a former Heisman winner at Texas A&M. There has to be some unfilled potential here, but he’s probably not ready to come back to the NFL just yet. And he knows it.
“This isn’t just a pit stop for me. I’m not coming here to get what I need to go back down to the NFL. … I’m here to make the most of it,” Manziel adds.
As for the team he’s joining, the Tiger-Cats have eight CFL titles throughout their history. But their last one came all the way back in 1999. So can Manziel, a former 22nd overall pick from the 2014 NFL Draft, lead them back to their former glory? It’s probably wise to not jump to that conclusion so quickly.
Not to mention, the Tiger-Cats are coming off a rough 2017 campaign. They would finish just 6-12 last season, the second-worst record in the East division and overall. Johnny Manziel probably cannot turn them around all by himself, but he can attempt to get his career back on track while trying to.