Just weeks after he was released by his Canadian Football League team and essentially banned from signing anywhere else, the former Heisman Trophy victor gets yet another shot to show that he has something left in the tank.
The AAF signed Manziel to a player contract, announcing the news during the broadcast of Saturday's Arizona Hotshots-Orlando Apollos game. He will now go through the league's waiver system, as the San Antonio Commanders released his allocation rights.
The AAF, now in its first season, says Manziel will report Sunday to Memphis after the Express lost to Salt Lake, 22-9, on Saturday to fall to 1-5 on the year. He's their second quarterback this season, after the team started with Christian Hackenberg but later benched the former Penn State quarterback.More news: US Prepares to Bar Entry of International Criminal Court Investigators
Johnny Football could be back on the field soon.
Manziel will be immediately eligible to play for the Express, an AAF spokesperson said. The Express lost quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Saturday, who left after their first offensive snap with an ankle injury - according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The statement from the Alliance said that Manziel "will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he'll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary".More news: Wolves Have Knocked Manchester United Out Of The FA Cup
"It's great for football, it's great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play, " the QB said. In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after he took an anger management course and participated in the NFL's substance abuse program. Manziel was released by the CFL on February 27, citing Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".
He was taken with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft by Cleveland.More news: Paris Jackson Is 'Doing Fine' Following Accident That Prompted Hospitalization