Johnny Manziel is playing professional football again. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Draft first-round pick is headed to the Canadian Football League.
The 25-year-old quarterback is excited. He says he's pumped to get going in the CFL and was adamant that this is not just a pit stop.
“Obviously I want to come and play. Any quarterback I feel like in our room will tell you they want to play but at the end of the day I know there’s talent on this roster. I know there’s talent in our quarterback room and I know I respect the guys that we do have in our room.
“I know that there is going to be a learning curve, that I am going to have to take some time for myself and temper my expectations. I’m not trying to come out to make outlandish goals. I have very realistic goals to come in, learn the offence, learn the game and hopefully my talent and making some (progress), I feel like what I can do on the football field will show.
“Like coach Jones said, whoever gives this team the best opportunity to win, whatever case that might be, whatever day that might be throughout the season I think will come to fruition,” Manziel said.
Contract details for Manziel have been released, too. His base contract is north of $100K, with close to $200K in potential bonuses. His base salary jumps to north of $200K in 2019.
Jason La Canfora has the full details:
There's no guarantee that Manziel is going to be the team's starting QB, though. Former Oregon/Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is on the roster and Manziel faces an uphill climb to beat him out.