CFL bans Manziel after release by Alouettes

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Former Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel saw his CFL career come to an end on Wednesday after the Montreal Alouettes announced the quarterback's release and contract termination.

The news, which was released by the CFL Wednesday afternoon, effectively bars Manziel from playing in the league, though it's unclear how long that ban is expected to last - or if stands a chance to be lifted.

The XFL, meanwhile, feels like a more natural fit for Manziel and his style (both on the field and off of it), but it doesn't debut until 2020.

Shortly after his release, Manziel tweeted that he would explore options in the U.S. First are the technicalities.

According to CBS Sports, Manziel would go to the San Antonio Commanders due to the allocation formula established by co-founder Bill Polian.

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Given his past transgressions, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie had been hesitant to allow Manziel to play in the league in the first place. Multiple players on the Commanders' roster came from A&M.

At that point, the CFL released a statement detailing the process of determining Manziel's eligibility.

Manziel entered the CFL with both criticism and acclaim following a standout college career at Texas A & M and brief stint in the NFL.

Manziel, who was traded by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Alouettes early in the 2018 season, started eight games for Montreal and was good on 106 of 165 attempts for 1,290 passing yards, five TDs and seven interceptions. A source familiar with the matter does not believe the contract violations were related to an attempt by Manziel to play in a US league, ESPN reported. Tebow, meanwhile, was more interested in pursuing his baseball career instead of joining the Orlando Apollos (who are plenty happy with Garrett Gilbert). The conditions we set, we thought were the right ones. Additionally, the AAF has a loose affiliation with the NFL. If he's hellbent on getting back to the National Football League, the AAF has much stronger ties.

A posting to Manziel's Twitter feed indicated he was already looking for other opportunities south of the border.

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