Following the WWE’s announcement of the return of the XFL earlier this year, there was speculation that former NFL prospect Johnny Manziel may be its first star. Well for now, that’s a no-go, because he’s signed to the CFL.
Johnny Football’s comeback will take place north of the border, via the Canadian Football League, after he announced Saturday (May 19) that he has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds,” Manziel wrote on Twitter.
Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break. Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 19, 2018
“It’s definitely not the NFL, but there have been guys who’ve gone up there and have come back,” he added, via an interview with Barstool Sports. “A lot more [at] the quarterback position that have done it back in the day than they have done it more recently, but still there’s been guys who’ve recently come back and forth all the time.”
It’s unclear if Manziel will be the starter for the Tiger-Cats, but their preseason opener is June 1.
Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016 and has not played in the NFL since.