Johnny Manziel Closer To Pro Football Return Than Originally Believed

David Hookstead | Contributor

It sounds like Johnny Manziel might be a lot closer to returning to professional football than originally thought.

Manziel had previously worked out with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, but was not signed. Speculation began swirling Manziel couldn’t make the team, and the workout had not gone well.

However, that’s not apparently the case, according to a recent ESPN report.

ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler wrote in part:

Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is eager to play in the Canadian Football League and is continuing to discuss a potential contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

“This is something he very much wants,” said the source, who added that a deal could take some time.

Kent Austin, Hamilton’s vice president of football operations, said he’ll consider Manziel as an option for the future, but “that’s not imminent. We’re not signing Johnny right now.” Austin added that Manziel did some “good things” in the workout and has talent.

Johnny Manziel has fascinated me since his days at Texas A&M. He was a larger than life quarterback, but quickly fell out of favor in the NFL after two rough seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

He’s reportedly been sober for awhile now, and doing everything he can to get back into football. Lots of guys would have called it quits after his very public spiral downward, so you have to tip your cap to him for doing whatever it takes to get back on the field.

At this point, I’m just interested to see how this whole story ends. The Johnny Manziel saga has been one of the greatest in recent sports history. He went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, and everybody knows there’s nothing better than a great comeback story in sports.

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