Johnny Manziel Will Join The AAF’s Memphis Express


Johnny Football could be back on the field soon. No, it's not the NFL.

Adam Schefter of ESPN announced that Manziel would head to the Alliance of American Football, the nascent league in which every team has played five or six games so far in 2019.

The AAF allocates players to teams closest to the region in which they played college football, which means that the San Antonio Commanders had the right to add Manziel, who played at Texas A&M. The Express, who have struggled offensively all season, are on their third quarterback, starting with former Jets bust Christian Hackenberg, followed by Zach Mettenberger. Brandon Silvers replaced Mettenberger after he suffered an injury during Saturday's loss.

He played just two seasons with the team before he was released.

He spent less than a calendar year playing in Canada, first for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, then for the Montreal Alouettes, but on February 27, the league said the former NFL first-round draft choice and 2012 Heisman Trophy victor "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play" and forced Montreal to cut him from its roster. According to a release from the CFL, Manziel "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league". Other than Orlando, which has Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, most of the league's teams have had some issues at the position.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Manziel had previously said on Barstool Sports' Comeback SZN podcast that he was intrigued by the prospect of playing in either the AAF or the XFL, which begins operation next year.

Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, but quickly fizzled out there.