Johnny Manziel will return to competitive football action on Saturday. And according to a report from ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, Manziel will be playing in the first and third quarters of the game.
This will be Manziel’s first competitive football appearance since Dec. 27, 2015, when he was the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel will play on one of four teams participating in The Spring League. All four teams will rotate quarterbacks “to give everyone a relatively equal chance to play,” according to Seifert.
Manziel’s team will play in Austin, Texas, in the second of the two games on Saturday. The Spring League games will be played on Saturday and then again on April 12.
The former Texas A&M quarterback has had a long and winding road since the days of winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and being a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Since the Browns cut him following the 2015 season, Manziel has remained unsigned. He’s also battled a number of legal troubles.
But he now contends he has gotten his life together and is attempting an NFL comeback. That comeback begins with The Spring League. Manziel has left open the possibility of playing in the CFL if he is unable to land a deal with an NFL team. The Hamilton Tiger Cats hold Manzeil’s rights, should he choose to go that route.
Manziel has been doing a number of interviews recently, reflecting on what wrong in his early and brief days with the Browns. In an interview with Dan Patrick, Manziel claimed that the Browns “didn’t do their homework” regarding his work habits and the type of player he was.
Some of the players Manziel will compete against are former Auburn running back Ben Tate, former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi and former Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy.