It didn’t take long for Johnny Manziel to find his home in the Alliance of American Football. The former Heisman winner will join the Memphis Express.
Earlier today, it was announced that Manziel had joined the league. Earlier this year, he was kicked out of the Canadian Football League.
As Manziel attended Texas A&M, the AAF’s San Antonio Commanders held his rights. The 3-2 club passed on him.
As a result, the Memphis Express had the highest waive claim for Manziel, and he will join the team.
Johnny Manziel joins a Memphis Express roster that features fellow former college stars Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger.
Hackenberg was benched after a few brutal appearances earlier this year. He failed to lead the team to a touchdown in three games.
Mettenberger filled in and got the 1-5 team its sole win. He went down in tonight’s 22-9 loss to the Salt Lake Stallions. Brandon Silvers came in to replace him.
The former LSU QB’s status is up in the air, but now he’ll have Manziel to contend with. League co-founder Bill Polian confirmed the move.
“We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to Alliance of American Football, which we’ve always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers,” Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football for The Alliance, said Saturday night. “We completed extensive background work to determine whether it would be appropriate for Johnny to play this season, and after consulting with many people familiar with his situation, we concluded that it would be good for him to resume his pro football career here at The Alliance.
“The San Antonio Commanders have released his college allocation rights, and The Memphis Express have claimed him. He will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he’ll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary.”
After flaming out in the NFL and CFL, Johnny Football returns to America with the upstart league. This could be a mutually beneficial opportunity for all involved, or it could be the end of the road for his pro football prospects.