By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Johnny Manziel could be returning to football soon. There have been rumors that he may be entering into the mix with the new football league by WWE chairman Vince McMahon, whether it is the XFL or the United Football League.
However, Manziel was given approval by the Canadian Football League to sign with the team in 2018. The league said they would approve a contract by a team if the 25-year-old was offered one by one of its members.
Randy Ambrosie, the CFL Commissioner, previously ruled Manziel ineligible after working out with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in September. The Tiger-Cats own his rights.
“After an extensive process of due diligence and an in-person meeting with Mr. Manziel, the Commissioner has decided that he will not register any contract for Mr. Manziel for this season,” the league announced on Thursday. “However, Mr. Manziel will be eligible to sign a contract for the 2018 season and, if Mr. Manziel meets certain conditions that have been spelled out by the Commissioner, the CFL will register that contract.
“The specifics of those conditions are confidential and will not be disclosed. The CFL has extended the stay on the expiry of the 10-day window for Mr. Manziel until November 30th, 2017 and therefore, Mr. Manziel will remain on Hamilton’s negotiation list until that date.”
Manziel last played football in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He went 2-4 in those six games and went 129 of 223 for 1,500 passing yards, including seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
During his rookie season in 2014, he went 0-2 in those two starts and went 18 of 35 for 175 passing yards, including two interceptions.