February 18, 2019

Johnny Manziel To Play in Spring League

14 February 2018, 10:51 | Anna Jefferson

ABC News Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel opens up about his career and his hopeful comeback in an interview with ABC News T.J. Holmes

Johnny Manziel opens up about his career and his hopeful comeback in an interview with ABC News T.J. Holmes

A former Heisman trophy victor and first-round draft pick, Manziel's two seasons in the National Football League were overshadowed by off-field controversies surrounding Manziel's antics and drinking.

According to agent Erik Burkhardt, Manziel can exit The Spring League for the NFL if an opportunity arises before it's time to play in the two-week developmental league.

The NFL Draft is April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Mayfield has been projected to go in the first round. "Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it is gone".

Well, things have been quieter on the Manziel front over the a year ago or so.

"At the end of the day I can't help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours, I can't help my mental makeup of the way that I was created,"? Can't wait to get back on the field and show National Football League scouts what I can do!

"I think he's going to be a really good player, and if anything, people can compare him to me, but he can learn from what I did wrong", Manziel said this week on a Barstool Sports podcast.

Johnny Football is heading back to Texas. "That's what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression".

Manziel has not played in an National Football League game since Week 16 of the 2015 season and was released by the Cleveland Browns after two seasons following an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.

Previous Spring League players include Greg Hardy and Kellen Winslow Jr. Where did that get me?

In an ABC interview on Monday, Manziel opened up about being bi-polar and sinking into deep depression. Manziel's path back to football will nearly assuredly go through Canada and the CFL, where his rights are held by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, coached by June Jones, who tried to recruit Manziel to SMU out of high school.

It makes sense for Manziel to request an escape route, and it makes sense for The Spring League to agree to it. It remains to be seen whether any team will be willing to take a chance on him, but it's safe to say that he has a long road ahead of him.

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