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Johnny Manziel signs with CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats had carried Manziel's exclusive rights, and the CFL has long been considered the best option for him to get back to the NFL.


Kahron Spearman


Former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on Saturday, according to NFL.com.

 

The Tiger-Cats had carried Manziel's exclusive rights, and the CFL has long been the best option for him to get back to the NFL.

 

"We're excited to add Johnny Manziel to our roster, particularly getting it done now so that Johnny can join his new teammates and the coaching staff for a full training camp," said Tiger-Cats coach June Jones.

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

In the throwing session during 7-on-7 drills at Sunday's practice, Manziel mostly watched the action from the sideline, getting used to the dimensions of the field.

 

"That's because he doesn't know the terminology, he doesn't know anything,'' said Jones. "[Quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison] was walking through each route as it was called. But [on Monday] guess what? We're going to walk in and start taking a couple."

"Spacing is a little bit different on the defensive side if I had to look at anything,'' Manziel said after practice. "On offense, I've never ran this many routes that are predicated off of one defender ... every route has an opportunity to break three or four different ways, which is different."

 

"But I think it gives you the versatility and offensive weapons to be able to attack coverages more intensely than it would just running a fixed route," he added. "I know it's going to take some time, but now I see it more so, and my expectations are tempered."

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