Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Alouettes

Kristopher Nichols
July 24, 2018

Montreal traded for the former Heisman Trophy victor on Sunday, acquiring the 25-year-old from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and two first-round draft selections.

This was a huge trade that involved two CFL first-round draft selections, so the Alouettes obviously believe Manziel is the guy.

Masoli started the season impressively with four straight 300-yard passing performances and a record-tying nine overall dating back to past year. However, he will likely play for a Montreal team that has scored only 69 points through the team's first five games.

Now the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns will be reunited with Montreal coach Mike Sherman, who actually recruited Manziel to Texas A&M in 2011.

The Tiger-Cats, coached by former SMU coach June Jones, held Manziel's rights this spring as he attempted to make his way back to the NFL.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", said general manager Kavis Reed in a statement.

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Montreal has a 1-4 record following Saturday night's 25-8 loss at Calgary and has struggled offensively while using three different quarterbacks - Drew Willy, Jeff Mathews and Matt Shiltz.

According to TSN, the Als also acquire a pair of offensive linemen, Tony Washington and Landon Rice. That's despite the Tiger-Cats' head coach saying Manziel should reach the National Football League within two years.

"With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that hewill have a positive impact on our offense".

Manziel earned almost $8 million over two National Football League seasons, according to Spotrac. 'Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up. In a recent interview, he said he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking. In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after he took an anger management course and participated in the NFL's substance abuse program.

Johnny Manziel's time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was short lived.

Montreal hosts Edmonton on Thursday night.

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