Johnny Manziel set to join AAF, report says

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

"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to Alliance of American Football, which we've always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers", league co-founder Bill Polian said in a statement. No, it's not the NFL.

Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel signed with the Alliance of American Football on Saturday night and will join the Memphis Express.

According to Shefter, Manziel would have been allocated to San Antonio, but the Commanders waived his rights, so the controversial quarterback will go through the league's waiver system.

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Johnny Manziel, formerly of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, has signed with the AAF's Memphis Express. 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. Former Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers replaced Mettenberger in the loss in Utah. He'll be immediately eligible to play with his new team.

He spent less than a calendar year playing in Canada, first for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, then for the Montreal Alouettes, but on February 27, the league said the former NFL first-round draft choice and 2012 Heisman Trophy victor "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play" and forced Montreal to cut him from its roster.

It's unclear when Manziel will make his AAF debut.

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"It's great for football, it's great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play, " the QB said. It was his first football action since he was released by the NFL's Cleveland Browns following the 2015 season.

Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues.

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