Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sign Johnny Manziel

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field, after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on December 27, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

Former college standout and NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel, took to Twitter today to announce he is signing a two-year deal with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break. Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds.”

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sign Johnny Manziel

The former Cleveland Browns quarterback has had a very public negotiation with the CFL team since the possibility first presented itself last fall. It was last March when the team confirmed it had exclusive CFL negotiating rights with Manziel. Having cleared legal hurdles that initially stood in the way of him signing north of the border, the two sides have been back-and-forth since.

Back in December, current Tiger-Cats head coach speculated that: “I think he’d be the best player to ever play up here. He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do.”

Certainly the 65-yard wide field—around 12 yards wider than he’s accustomed—will definitely play to his athletic abilities. Whether he has the accuracy to go with his mobility will be the difference-maker in a league that relies heavily on passing.

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  1. […] While some roll their eyes at the sight of a Johnny Manziel headline, it is important to understand the ramifications of having Manziel in Canada. Manziel tweeted to his 2.24 million followers Saturday that he made the decision to play in the CFL. This was retweeted over 18,000 times and liked over 100,000 times. Beyond that, it was then discussed and tweeted by various North American sports and news outlets, including but not limited to Bleacher Report, Barstool Sports, Fox Sports, the NFL, Deadspin, TMZ and of course LastWordOnSports. […]


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