The quarterback could be back sooner than we thought.
Johnny Manziel is back. Well, sort of.
The 25-year-old quarterback announced on Wednesday morning that he accepted an invitation to compete in the Spring League as he continues his pursuit of an NFL comeback. Manziel took to Twitter to announce the news.
The Spring League held its inaugural season last year in Austin, Texas. It’s a three-week scouting event in that consists of four teams that play two games apiece.
The league will be broadcast on Turner Sports’ streaming service. Manziel will play on the South team.
Manziel provided the following statement to Bleacher Report about his future.
“Football has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it’s gone. My goal is to make it back to the NFL and I realize I have to earn that privilege. The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do.
I miss the competition. I’d like to thank Brian Woods and The Spring League staff for this opportunity to play the game I love. I’ve made my share of mistakes, but I’m 25 years old and I know my best football is ahead of me.”
Earlier this week Manziel opened up to ABC News’ T.J. Holmes about the struggles he’s gone through. Manziel revealed he’s been taking medication for bipolar disorder.
“I am taking medication for bipolar, and I am working to try to make sure I don’t fall back into any type of depression, because I know where that leads me and I know how slippery a slope that is for me,” he said. It’s another step in the right direction for Manziel.
Back in Texas where it all started. I'll be joining @TheSpringLeague in Austin to get #ComebackSZN started! Can't wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do! #cantwaitforspring pic.twitter.com/zMk5223HCc
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 14, 2018
The former first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns had been linked to the Canadian Football League, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. There has also been chatter of him joining the XFL, but that league doesn’t kick off until 2020.
We won’t have to wait long to see Manziel compete for the first time in years.