Johnny Manziel reportedly signs agreement to play in the AAF

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According to Shefter, Manziel would have been allocated to San Antonio, but the Commanders waived his rights, so the controversial quarterback will go through the league's waiver system.

Manziel was available to the AAF after the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL released him earlier this month and then said he could not play for any other team in its league.

"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", said Head of Football Bill Polian in a statement. The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy victor was released from his CFL contract last month, with league officials announcing he had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".

The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy victor last played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018, where he threw for almost 1,300 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games.

Teams with the worst records in the league will get the chance to pick him up, according to ESPN.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. The Express next plays vs. Birmingham on March 24 in Memphis. Mettenberger had replaced Christian Hackenberg as Memphis' starter, so coach Mike Singletary could look to Manziel to lead his squad.

Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, but quickly fizzled out there. He also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs. But Manziel had to fulfil certain requirements to join the league.

Manziel entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse in 2015 while still a member of the Browns.

Johnny Manziel is playing in a new football league.