Johnny Manziel invited to participate in spring football league
Another football league is pursuing Johnny Manziel as he attempts to mount an NFL comeback.
The Spring League, an instructional league based in West Virginia, has reached out to Manziel about his interest in joining the league, TMZ Sports reported Thursday. Former NFL players Greg Hardy and Kellen Winslow are committed to play in the league in April.
The league has four teams and is designed to be a showcase for aspiring NFL players. Scouts from all 32 NFL teams are expected to be on hand for the six-game season.
Here is part of the letter The Spring League CEO Brian Woods sent Manziel, obtained by TMZ Sports:
Dear Mr. Manziel,
I wanted to reach out and personally invite you to participate in The Spring League for the 2017 season, which runs from April 5th through April 26th at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Four teams, consisting primarily of NFL veterans and younger talent, will play in a total of six games.
Our coaching staff includes Terry Shea, a renowned quarterback guru, and Mike Westhoff. We have an abundance of experienced NFL players that will be taking part, such as Kellen Winslow Jr., Greg Hardy and Jaylen Saunders. Moreover, we expect to have representation from all 32 NFL clubs to be in attendance.
In short, we believe The Spring League can provide you with the ideal forum to restart your NFL career.
The former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback would have to pass a drug test to participate in the league, something he has already said he is willing to do to get back in the NFL.
Manziel missed the entire 2016 season after Cleveland cut him last March. He was suspended for the first four games of the year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He has not played football since Week 15 of the 2015 NFL season.