Johnny Manziel released by CFL’s Montreal Alouettes for violating contract
Johnny Manziel has been released by the Montreal Alouettes for violating the terms of his contract, the team announced Wednesday.
According to the CFL team, Manziel “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play.”
It’s unclear which terms of his contract he violated, but when Manziel 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 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 organization, 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.”
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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.
While with Montreal, Manziel started eight games and threw for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions.
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