Johnny Manziel is officially joining the AAF.
Manziel signed the AAF standard player agreement on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which will officially allow teams to sign the quarterback. He will now go through the league’s waiver system, as the San Antonio Commanders released his allocation rights.
Johnny Manziel now will go through the AAF waiver system since the San Antonio Commanders released his college allocation rights. Lowest win-loss percentage up first for Johnny Football.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2019
Manziel was offered the chance to start working out with AAF teams earlier this month, and was reportedly contacted by the league within 24 hours of him being banned from the CFL. AAF chairman Tom Dundon said earlier this month that Manziel would not receive any special treatment in the league, and will get the same three-year, $250,000 deal that every player gets.
The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner last played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018, where he threw for nearly 1,300 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games. He spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being picked up in the 2014 NFL draft, but went 2-6 as their starting quarterback.
The eight-team AAF is midway through its inaugural season this spring. The Memphis Express currently boast a 1-5 record, and the Salt Lake Stallions hold a 2-4 record — making them the first two teams in the league’s waiver process. 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. He’s their second quarterback this season, after the team started with Christian Hackenberg but later benched the former Penn State quarterback.
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