Johnny Manziel's comeback continues: where will he wind up?

While there's some interest with an NFL team, his best chance is playing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL, and showing NFL squads he can run a team full-time, continue improving, and keep his nose clean.

Kahron Spearman

Former first-round pick Johnny Manziel took part in The Spring League on Saturday, going 9-of-15 for 82 yards and a touchdown and a fumble. He also took three sacks and played about half of the game, the first of two in the developmental Spring League, held in Austin.


ESPN's Kevin Seifert said he chatted to numerous scouts on hand from the NFL and CFL about Manziel and said consensus seemed to be that he was "attentive."

After the game, an emotional Manziel acknowledged his in-game mistakes but was pleased with finally taking live ball snaps.


"I would hope that people know that football nonetheless is a team game," he said to reporters. "It takes all 11 of us in sync with the snap count, with the blocking, with the routes, with everything. I don't think I have to play perfect. I just have to play."

My bottom line is that there is no doubt in my mind that someone should sign him. I've seen enough of the quarterback skill. His endurance has not been an issue. I've never been around Johnny Manziel until this moment in time, but I see a very quick arm. I see very active eyes. He sees things and particularly when he's on the move, those classic Johnny Manziel plays, I've seen those come up here.

While there's been talk of NFL interest, it's more likely that he plays in the CFL, where he can get starter minutes and showcase that he can lead a team, continue his progression, and be a consistent member of a real football club on and off the field.



If Manziel plays well up north and stays committed to the game, NFL clubs will come knocking his door down.