Johnny Manziel officially announced his signing with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats this weekend, and now we know what kind of money he’ll be making north of the border.
Manziel’s base salary will be $122,000 with plenty of incentives in there as well, according to Jason La Canfora:
Manziel's CFL contract: $122k base, $10k sign bonus, $18k housing stipend, $10k if active 6 games, $10k for 10 games active. $10k for 14 games active. Another $120k if plays half of snaps. March 1 $75k offseason bonus. 2018 $202k base w/same incentives
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 19, 2018
That may not seem like a lot of money, but Manziel is actually doing quite well by CFL standards. According to this Sports Illustrated story, the CFL’s rookie minimum is only $50,000 and the average salary for all players is somewhere around $80,000.
That’s a lot of money for someone who hasn’t played professional football in a couple years and isn’t guaranteed the starting gig right off the bat. Of course, Manziel’s name and notoriety could make him well worth it for the Tiger-Cats — but it’s still a large investment.
Former Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is the incumbent, and he is coming off a solid season. He threw for 3,177 yards last season while completing 63.7 percent of his passes. Masoli also tossed 15 touchdowns and rushed for 4 more, while throwing just 5 interceptions.
“Let me tell you something right now, he’s got his work ahead of him to beat out Jeremiah,” Hamilton coach June Jones told reporters. “He’s got a lot to catch up on, but he’ll spend the time to get that done. I know he will because he’s already learned that lesson.”
If Johnny Football beats out Masoli by at least the halfway point of the season, his salary would double.
Hamilton’s first game is on June 16 against the Calgary Stampeders.