Johnny Manziel set to get another shot at the NFL?

Johnny Manziel hasn’t been on an NFL roster the past three seasons, but he could be getting a second chance to play in the league heading into the 2019 campaign.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report wrote in his weekly 10-point stance column that “the sense I get from people in the NFL is that Manziel may well get another chance to play on football’s main stage.”

Because the NFL is so talent poor at the quarterback position, Freeman added, “if he can show even a modicum of skill, someone will have him in for a tryout or on a training camp roster.”

Most recently, Manziel appeared in two games for the AAF’s Memphis Express. He had an electric first game with the club before suffering a concussion in his second game. Then, of course, the league shut down to the surprise of many.

Prior to his quick stint in the AAF, Manziel spent a season in Canada playing for the Montreal Alouettes. He did little to impress, passing for 1,290 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Once a first-round pick by Cleveland, Manziel’s off-field issues derailed his career in short order. Since that time, he seemingly has cleaned up his life and remains committed to making his way back into the NFL.

But if that doesn’t pan out, he has an alternate set of plans to remain connected to the sport he loves.

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By: Jesse Reed

Johnny Football Would Like To Coach If He’s Done As A Player

Written by Jesse Kramer at The Comeback.com

We may still see Johnny Manziel make a comeback, just not necessarily how we expected. The former Texas A&M sensation still wants a job in the NFL, but if he’s not wanted he’d like to coach college football.

Here’s what Manziel said while interviewed by Clay Travis at the International Football Betting Conference in Costa Rica on Monday, via ESPN:

“I’d do something involved with sports. I can’t get away from it,” he said. “I’ve had to ask myself that a little bit as of late over the past year, but at the same time I’d want to be involved in sports in some way, whether it’s coaching, whether it’s doing something like that. So I think that’d be my route.”

Asked which level he’d like to coach at, Manziel said: “Probably college.”

Although Manziel wants to coach on a college campus, in the same interview he said he hates nothing more than the NCAA. Awkward.

Manziel also admitted he’d have trouble coaching a college player like himself:

“I was really hard-headed. I look back right now and think about how big of a kid I was. And a lot of regrets that I have, especially with my second year in college, not treating it kind of the way I did my first year.”

As recently as July, reports have revealed NFL teams still see potential in a Johnny Football comeback. He’s still only 24 years old. But he played in only 14 games during his failed stint with the Browns, and only a couple showed any signs of NFL potential. However, Manziel is adamant that he’s changed his lifestyle and even volunteered to take drug tests to help his comeback attempt.

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BILLY VEGAS IS BACK BABY!!!! JFF IS READY TO PLAY QB

Written by Jay Busbee at YahooSports.com

Nobody ever wants to say goodbye forever to an ex-NFL quarterback. There’s something about the whole Big Man On Campus thing where it hurts to see quarterbacks hobble into the sunset; it reminds us of our own mortality and, basically, it sucks for all concerned. With that in mind, let’s do a rundown of the quarterbacks most mentioned in a possible comeback scenario:

Tony Romo: Probably retired, but maybe not

Tim Tebow: Currently boosting the stats of opposing pitchers in Single-A baseball

Peyton Manning: Working on his comedy chops to host the ESPYs

Brett Favre: You know he’s still waiting by the phone

Johnny Manziel: Working out and ready to roll. Wait, what?

Yes, yes, we’ve heard this song and dance routine before; Johnny Manziel is really working out and really dedicated and really wants a new gig in the NFL and really means it this time, you guys. And he’s got support in his corner: Travis Benjamin, a former teammate who was on the receiving end of many fine Manziel throws while in Cleveland.

“I saw Johnny about a month ago through this PT (physical therapy) guy we go to in San Diego and he’s looking good,” Benjamin told NFL Network. “He says he’s ready to come back and hopefully he’ll get a shot at a team and he’ll go in, continue to humble himself and play smart and play good.”

There’s not much evidence to suggest that Manziel could rebound and become a top-flight NFL quarterback; even at his best, he only played 15 games and threw exactly as many interceptions as touchdowns (seven apiece). On the other hand, if you’re looking for positives, the guy is still only 24 years old, and there’s room for growth … if, of course, he’s willing.

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Sean Payton And Johnny Manziel’s Meeting Was To Kick The Tires

Written by Mike Triplett at ESPN.com

Sean Payton says his Super Bowl-week meeting with Johnny Manziel was just a get-to-know-you session with the embattled quarterback, who is eyeing an NFL comeback.

Payton told the New Orleans Saints’ website Tuesday that it was the first time he met Manziel. He said the meeting was a “much different phase” than the Saints’ recent visits with restricted free-agent cornerback Malcolm Butler or numerous draft prospects.

“That is a little different [situation],” Payton said from the NFL owners meetings in Arizona. “I wasn’t involved in the draft process in [2014], the year [Manziel] came out. And so I met him and had breakfast at the Super Bowl. I was curious, really, to get to know him some. He’s got a number of things that he’s working to do to make himself available.

“I certainly would say that for us it was just a chance for me to visit with him. And that would be in a much different phase than Malcolm Butler or some of the things we’re discussing as we approach the draft. It was the first time I met him, and look, we spent some time just kind of going through his story.”

Payton said a report that the Saints could sign Manziel down the road was “false” but that it was important to meet with all players who could potentially help the team.

“Kicking the tires and getting to know people, that’s our job,” Payton said at the owners meetings Wednesday.

Manziel has been training with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield in San Diego since telling ESPN’s Ed Werder in January that he achieved sobriety without seeking professional help and hopes to return to the NFL.

“Football is his absolute focus right now,” Manziel’s publicist, Denise Michaels, recently told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

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Roughriders Deny Working JFF Out.

Written by Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com

A Canadian Football League team has denied a report that it worked out former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is attempting a comeback after sitting out the 2016 NFL season.

Saskatchewan Roughriders general manager and coach Chris Jones told TSN that “no one from our club” worked out Manziel.

In a separate statement to ESPN, the CFL said: “We are investigating. The Riders tell us that they did not work out Manziel. So at this point, it appears the report is false. Should other evidence come to light, we will deal with it accordingly.”

Denise Michaels, Manziel’s spokesperson, said Manziel has not worked out for a CFL team.

The Roughriders would be in violation of CFL tampering rules if the workout did occur, because Manziel’s CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Jones told TSN that he is “considering legal action.”

The Canadian blog 3DownNation reported Thursday morning that Manziel worked out for Saskatchewan officials in Florida prior to the Senior Bowl. Practices for the Senior Bowl began Jan. 24 in Mobile, Alabama, and the event concluded with a game on Jan. 27.

Manziel, 24, was not immediately available for comment.

In a Jan. 12 post on Instagram, he said he had been sober for 18 days and was pursuing a comeback. In a subsequent message sent to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Manziel said: “I love sports, I love football and when you take something away from yourself you realize it the hard way. The happiness from doing it sober has been ASTRONOMICAL. Beyond my wildest imagination and once that continued other good things started happening in my life and it just clicked.”

Manziel, a first-round pick in 2014, spent 10 weeks in rehab after his rookie season. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

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It’s Been A Year Since The Browns Won A Game


Posted By the AP On Toledo Blade.com

The Browns are approaching a one-year anniversary, and there won’t be a party.

When they take the field today against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns will have gone 364 days since their most recent win, a 24-10 victory against San Francisco that seems eons ago.

Johnny Manziel was the winning quarterback, his finest moment before being cut and hitting the club circuit.

Since Dec. 13, it’s been a startling free fall for Johnny Football and the Browns, who are 0-12 and moving dangerously close to joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to not win a game in a 16-game season.

“Nobody wants to go winless, and we only can do something about it on Sundays because that’s when it counts,” said Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, who will make his first start since Sept. 11. “I think everyone in this locker room is sincerely focused on this game and giving ourselves an opportunity to get that elusive win that we’ve been chasing.”

The Browns got a break from their pursuit of win No. 1 last week as a bye allowed them time to heal — mentally and physically.

Meanwhile, the Bengals (4-7-1) played perhaps their best game this season, blowing out Philadelphia 32-14 to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. Like Cleveland, Cincinnati hasn’t had the season it expected, and now the Bengals want to avoid the indignity of being the first team to lose to the Browns.

It’s a dangerous matchup for the Bengals, who again could be without star receiver A.J. Green because of a hamstring injury. A loss to Cleveland — Cincinnati won the Oct. 23 matchup 31-17 — and a win by Pittsburgh today or Baltimore on Monday night would eliminate the Bengals and extend their streak of not winning a playoff game to 26 seasons.

But first things first. The Bengals are determined not to overlook the Browns. As much respect as they have for Cleveland coach Hue Jackson, the Bengals’ former offensive coordinator who appeared to be Marvin Lewis’ heir apparent, they don’t want to lose to him. They know they’re in for a battle.

“You’re going to get all the fight they’ve got left,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “Knowing Hue Jackson and the motivator he is, I’m sure he’s got them prepared for these last four weeks, that they’re going to give everything they’ve got every single week. The reality is it really shouldn’t be our concern because I expect our football team to be fighting the exact same way.”

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Johnny Football To Go To CFL?


Written by Jaclyn Hendricks at New York Post.com

Though it currently looks unlikely Johnny Manziel will get a second chance in the NFL, that’s not to say he’ll never touch the turf again.

Canadian Football League commissioner Jeffrey Orridge told ESPN he would be willing to offer the train-wreck quarterback a shot in the second-tier league — if he cleans up his act.

“We try not to speculate on situations like that, and I really can’t speculate too much on hypotheticals,” Orridge said. “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 was cut by the Browns in March after two scandalous seasons with the club. He is awaiting trial in Texas on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with an ex-girlfriend. He also faces a four-game suspensionfor violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, which would affect his availability should he sign a free-agent deal this year.

“You all write about a day in my life and what goes on… here it is. No secrets, no hiding, I’m not what you read about. I’ll be back… In time. It can’t end like this… it won’t,” Manziel posted on Instagram last month.

There is a glimmer of hope for Manziel’s future in the CFL: He already is on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ negotiations list — meaning the team could sign him if the interest is mutual. Then Orridge said he likely would step in to ensure the Manziel era in Cleveland would not be repeated up north.

“I rely primarily on the assessment of the team,” Orridge said. “It is their charge to evaluate the talent and to bring that talent forward. To be candid, if there is a situation that we believe warrants additional input, we certainly want to provide that to the team. We’re obviously charged with making sure that the integrity of the league and the integrity of our brand is perpetuated.”

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Johnny Manziel Vows To Return in Apology.


Written by Cindy Boren at WashingtonPost.com

Johnny Manziel promised to continue to work on resurrecting his NFL career in a flurry of activity on social media, apologizing to fans Monday and vowing “I’ll be back.”

Manziel asked forgiveness from fans of Texas A&M, where he won a Heisman Trophy in 2012. The quarterback, who has been a free agent since being cut in March after two tumultuous seasons with the Cleveland Browns, responded to a tweet from the Aggies’ community by saying that he is “truly sorry” and will “do whatever I can to make it right.

On Instagram, Manziel was putting up random posts…until he turned semi-serious.

“You all write about a day in my life and what goes on…here it is,” he wrote on Instagram, including a clip of him making faces and flexing as music blares.

“No secrets, no hiding, I”m not what you read about. I’ll be back… In time. It can’t end like this…it won’t. I love you all even though your comments suck.”

Manziel has a lot of self-inflicted damage to repair. He has been cut by two agents this season and is facing a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend in January. If found guilty, he could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. If an NFL team were to sign him, he would face suspension for the first four games of the season for what ESPN reports is a violation of its substance-abuse policy and further possible discipline under the personal conduct policy. So far, NFL teams are keeping their distance.

Manziel, who went through rehab during the 2015 offseason, promised to go sober July 1 and, in a comment through his spokesperson to The Washington Post’s Kent Babb, he said he was focused on being healthy:

“I’m actually doing well. I have good friends around me supporting what I do and I try to support them in what they want to do. I’m not saying I’m never drinking again, but for now just mostly being healthy. I’ve got a killer gym in my house and I can spend time working out. I’m interested in doing a lot of different things in my life — including football — but, right now, I’m just exploring options and waiting to see what the future holds.”

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Johnny Manziel Jersey Sold For $1.99

Written by Ryan Wilson at CBSSports.com

On Friday, this photograph of Johnny Manziel jerseys marked all the way down to $1.99 made its way around the internet:

 A short time later, Manziel reposted the photo to Instagram, added a black and white filter, and wrote, “LOL.”

Manziel, the Browns’ 2014 first-round pick, may have taken his last NFL snap after a forgettable two seasons in Cleveland and an offseason of non-stop partying. But early in 2015, he appeared to be on the right path. Following a rocky rookie campaign, Manziel spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility and emerged a different person, at least according to his teammates.

Last May, then-teammate Karlos Dansby said that Manziel had “grown up right before our eyes,” adding, “He made a decision to help him be a better man [by going to treatment]. And that’s all at the end of the day that’s all we want, we want him to be the best person he can possibly be, because him being the best he can possibly be is going to be the best player that the Browns can possibly have on the field.”

It didn’t work out that way, of course. Manziel started just six games in 2015, and hours before the season finale, he was reportedly spotted partying in Las Vegaswhile wearing a disguise to avoid detection.

But recently, Dansby, who is now with the Bengals, admitted that “I probably would have committed suicide” if he faced the nonstop scrutiny that Manziel has to deal with.

Last month, Manziel’s father admitted that jail might be the best place for his son. Manziel’s response? This.

Meanwhile, CBSSports.com’s John Breech has a running list of some of the things Manziel has been up to this offseason.

  • He went to a club in Los Angeles.
  • He went to another club in L.A. (He goes to a lot of clubs.)
  • He hired a new agent because his old one fired him.
  • He went to a club in Miami.
  • He went to a Chris Brown concert in Vegas.
  • He went to a club in Vegas.
  • He went to another club in L.A.
  • He got a tattoo.
  • He spent some time with Justin Bieber.
  • He did $32,000 in damage to a $4.5 million house.

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Johnny Manziel Suspended 4 Games for Substance Abuse

Written by Matt Bonesteel at Washington Post.com

Johnny Manziel isn’t currently on an NFL roster and won’t likely be on one anytime soon, but that didn’t stop the league from suspending him for the first four games of the 2016 season over a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to a TMZ report that was later confirmed by the NFL.

According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the suspension has been a long time coming.

Manziel was last spotted vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and he told TMZ on Wednesday that he wasn’t drinking or doing drugs and planned to get completely sober starting Friday. But photographs like the following seemed to suggest that at least part of his pledge was not true:

But a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Manziel was being sincere in his pledge to get healthy.

According to TMZ, Manziel’s suspension will not roll over to the 2017 season, which seems a more likely target for him should he indeed decide to kick-start his NFL career, which was put on seemingly indefinite hiatus after the Cleveland Browns cut him in March. Despite his release, the Browns were on the hook for his 2016 salary and a portion of his 2017 salary — around $2.2 million total — but they might be able to void those payments because of the conduct clauses contained in Manziel’s salary, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports.

Inquiries to both the NFL and Manziel’s spokeswoman have yet to be returned.

Last week, Manziel’s father told ESPN that he regarded his son as “a druggie”and hoped he would be sent to jail. It was the second time Paul Manziel publicly asked his son to get help; the first was in February, when he worried that Manziel might not make it to his next birthday. Johnny Manziel’s former attorney, Bob Hinton, also questioned his client’s sobriety in text messages accidentally sent to an Associated Press reporter. Hinton has since stopped representing Manziel in his misdemeanor domestic assault case in Texas.

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