Johnny Manziel appears to be headed for the Alliance of American Football. It took a few weeks, but Manziel has found a new home to continue his professional career back in the United States.
Now he's signed an agreement to join the Alliance of American Football, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Every team in the AAF will now have a chance to sign him in reverse order of the current standings, with the Memphis Express (1-5) getting first priority.
Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday.
Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and passed for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Aggies. The Canadian league said he violated his agreement with it, but has offered no specifics. He spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being picked up in the 2014 National Football League draft, but went 2-6 as their starting quarterback.
Manziel had previously said on Barstool Sports' Comeback SZN podcast that he was intrigued by the prospect of playing in either the AAF or the XFL, which begins operation next year.
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CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced in December 2017 that the league would approve a contract for Manziel, who at the time was on the Tiger-Cats' negotiation list. That process has since concluded, and Manziel will join the league immediately.
The league's due diligence included an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence and a head-to-head meeting between Manziel and Ambrosie.
Manziel entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse in 2015 while still a member of the Browns.
Manziel has dealt with several off-field issues.
Manziel's CFL action was his first in pro football since December 2015.