Johnny Manziel has been released by the Montreal Alouettes on the direction of the CFL (Canadian Football League) for violating the terms of his contract.
According to the CFL, Manziel “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play”.
It is unclear how Manziel violated the terms of his contract, but when he signed with the Alouettes, the CFL released a statement that read: “Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential.”
The CFL has informed all of its teams that the league will not register a contract for the former Cleveland Browns QB and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M should any team attempt to sign him.
“We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organisation, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement.
“We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed.
“We are confident going into the 2019 training camp with a roster of quarterbacks that had played in our system last year and are committed to our team.”
Manziel signed his first CFL contract less than a year ago after he was traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Alouettes. While he was on the negotiations list for the Tiger-Cats, he never played for the team.
With Montreal, Manziel started eight games and threw for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Manziel broke his silence later on Wednesday, thanking those who supported his journey in the CFL and adding that he looks forward to “exploring new options within the United States” next.
I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans. My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 27, 2019
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