With Johnny Manziel’s NFL future uncertain, perhaps the former Texas A&M quarterback will find a new beginning north of the border … if he wants it.
In speaking to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, Canadian Football League commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said Manziel would be welcome. Yet it sounds like Orridge would like to know from Manziel that the player would fit into the culture there.
Here’s more from Seifert’s piece:
“We try not to speculate on situations like that,” Orridge told ESPN on Friday, “and I really can’t speculate too much on hypotheticals. But I can tell you that what’s paramount to us is ensuring the success of an athlete, while at the same time preserving and promoting the integrity of the league and the game.”
Manziel, who flamed out during his infamous stint with the Cleveland Browns, must serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy if he ever returns to that league. But if Manziel is interested in giving the CFL a try, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would be the first team to have the chance to sign him since he’s on their negotiation list.
This might not be a bad idea for Manziel. His scrambling style might do well in the CFL, and an opportunity there could serve as a relatively low-pressure chance for him to rebuild his career after the Browns released him in March.
But is Manziel interested in giving professional football a try again? That’s the big question.