Johnny Manziel worked out for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders in January according to a report, but the team denies it occurred, as it would be in violation of league rules.
Johnny Football has worked out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Sources say Manziel was put through the paces by the Riders in Florida in advance of last month’s Senior Bowl.
Of course, as with most things Manziel, there's a catch. If true, the Riders' workout of Manziel is against league rules. Back in 2012, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats added the former Texas A&M Heisman winner to their 'negotiation list' and have first right to work him out.
Manziel resides on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ negotiation list, having been added on Sept. 9, 2012 and Saskatchewan did not have permission to conduct the workout. That’s a violation of CFL bylaws, according to the league.
“The rules regarding the neg list are outlined in our by-laws. A team has exclusive rights to a player on their neg list,” according to a league official. “Therefore that player could not be contacted by, worked out by, or negotiate with another club unless consent is given.”
Roughriders general manager Chris Jones denies the team's reported involvement with Manziel.
TMZ reached out to the CFL regarding the report. The league is investigating the matter.
"We are investigating," CFL Communications Director Paulo Senra tells us.
"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."
I certainly didn't think I'd be writing about a CFL controversy today, but Johnny Manziel is involved, so it all makes sense.