Johnny 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

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

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.

"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", said Head of Football Bill Polian in a statement.

The eight-team AAF is midway through its inaugural season this spring.

The AAF signed Manziel to a player contract, announcing the news during the broadcast of Saturday's Arizona Hotshots-Orlando Apollos game.

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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.

The Commanders had the rights to Manziel because he played college football at Texas A&M. The Express lost to the Salt Lake Stallions 22-9 in Week 6, losing quarterback Zach Mettenberger to an apparent ankle injury on their first offensive play. The CFL also effectively barred Manziel from joining any other team in the league.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Polian also said he believes Manziel will benefit from "the coaching and mentorship" of Memphis coach Mike Singletary. It was his first football action since he was released by the NFL's Cleveland Browns following the 2015 season. He entered the 2013 National Football League draft, and was selected No. 22 overall by the Browns. Manziel's departure left Montreal with five quarterbacks on its roster (Vernon Adams Jr., Jeff Matthews, Antonio Pipkin, Matthew Shiltz and Canadian rookie Richard Hugo).

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