Manziel released from Alouettes, barred from signing with other CFL teams

Johnny Manziel started eight games for the Alouettes in 2018 passing for 1,290 yards on passing with five TDs and seven INTs

Johnny Manziel started eight games for the Alouettes in 2018 passing for 1,290 yards on passing with five TDs and seven INTs

The Montreal Alouettes announced Wednesday they've released the former NFL quarterback because he violated conditions of his eligibility to play in the Canadian Football League. He's also barred from signing with any other CFL team.

The league said Manziel had contravened an agreement that made the Texan eligible to play in the CFL.

The CFL has informed all of its teams that the league will not register a contract for the former Browns QB and Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M should any team attempt to sign him.

In a statement on Twitter, Manziel thanked his coach, his teammates, and the CFL fans.

"It's great for football, it's great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play, " Manziel said.

Drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, Manziel was cut by the Cleveland Browns after just two seasons in the NFL.

Manziel eventually ended up signing with Hamilton in May 2018 but was unable to get on to the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. Montreal finished 5-13. Manziel's tenure in Montreal came after he spent four games as a backup for Hamilton before being traded to the Alouettes. "These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential", the statement read.

Manziel started eight games for Montreal, throwing for 1,290 yards, five touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

It is unclear what prompted the league action on Manziel.

The Johnny Manziel experiment is over.

During his time in the NFL, Manziel, who recently said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was hit with a domestic assault charge in 2016.

Manziel surfaced on social media shortly after his release from the Alouettes. "I look forward to exploring new options within the United States", Manziel wrote. The Alliance of American Football is already up and running with the next version of Vince McMahon's XFL coming in 2020. Manziel broke one of those rules, and he is now banned from the CFL. A source familiar with the matter does not believe the contract violations were related to an attempt by Manziel to play in a USA league, ESPN reported.

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