Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis

Johnny Manziel who was released by the CFL's Montreal Alouettes on Feb. 27 now appears set to sign with a team in the Alliance of American Football

Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis

Just weeks after he was released by his Canadian Football League team and essentially banned from signing anywhere else, the former Heisman Trophy victor gets yet another shot to show that he has something left in the tank.

The Alliance of American Football announced Saturday night that it has signed the quarterback and that he was claimed on waivers by the Memphis Express after the San Antonio Commanders relinquished his rights.

The Memphis Express have the AAF's worst record at 1-5, followed by the Salt Lake City Stallions at 2-4, with the Arizona Hotshots and Atlanta legends both sitting at 2-3.

On Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the former Browns QB has signed with the up-start Alliance of American Football League.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and passed for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Aggies. The Express next plays vs. Birmingham on March 24 in Memphis.

Polian also said he believes Manziel will benefit from "the coaching and mentorship" of Memphis coach Mike Singletary. He went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in 2014.

He was 2-6 as a starter with the Alouettes last season, completing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 per cent) for 1,290 yards with five TDs and seven interceptions after Montreal acquired him in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Other than Orlando, which has Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, most of the league's teams have had some issues at the position.

The league's due diligence included an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence and a head-to-head meeting between Manziel and Ambrosie.

Manziel was suspended by the NFL in 2016 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but never pursued playing in the league again.

Manziel's CFL action was his first in pro football since December 2015.

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