Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel has signed a player agreement with the Alliance of American football, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Every team in the AAF will now have a chance to sign him in reverse order of the current standings, with the Memphis Express (1-5) getting first priority.
Manziel's player rights initially belonged to the San Antonio Commanders based on the AAF's college-allocation system.
They also lost quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Saturday, who left their 22-9 loss to the Salt Lake Stallions on the first play of the game with an ankle injury. Brandon Silvers played the majority of the game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 242 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. "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".
Standard AAF contracts are for three years and $250,000. The Alouettes released Manziel in early 2019 when CFL announced Manziel had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league". Other than Orlando, which has Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, most of the league's teams have had some issues at the position. He went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in 2014.
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It's unclear when Manziel will make his AAF debut.
Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday.
Manziel spent 2018 in Canada, playing five games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and 11 for the Montreal Alouettes following a midseason trade.