Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Alouettes
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jul 24, 2018,
Jul 24, 2018, 1:33
Johnny Manziel went the CFL in hopes of seeing the field and showing the National Football League that he still has something left in the tank, but he was granted the opportunity to get on the field with Hamilton.
In Montreal, Manziel will be reunited with a familiar face in Alouettes coach Mike Sherman, who recruited the quarterback to Texas A&M in 2011 as the Aggies' head coach. The Alouettes can definitely use an answer at the QB position, since they've been through three different ones already. He appeared in 14 games overall, throwing for 1,675 yards and seven TD passes.
Currently, the Alouettes rank last in the CFL with 69 total points and 26:21 possession minutes per game.
Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice were sent to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022.
Manziel began the season No. 2 on Hamilton's depth chart and has been on the sidelines as Jeremiah Masoli's backup while waiting for his opportunity to get into his first game with meaning since his last appearance in the National Football League in 2015.
"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. 'With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence'.
Back-up Jeff Mathews, who replaced Willy in a Week 4 start, is also out four-to-six weeks with an injured foot. Montreal takes on the Edmonton Eskimos (3-2) on Thursday night. For the love and support you guys have shown!
Not only will Manziel's acquisition potentially provide the Als with their most-talented quarterback, he'll provide an infusion of publicity to a team struggling badly to attract paying customers. He made a decision to sign a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.