Johnny Manziel Released from CFL Team

Johnny Manziel, arguably the biggest disappointment of a football player in recent years, has run into yet another roadblock in his career. On Wednesday February 27th, the Montreal Alouettes released Manziel after he “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play” in the Canadian Football League. That being said, the CFL has come out and told the eight other teams in the league that they are not allowed to sign Manziel. Just another football league that won’t ever feature “Johnny Football” again. In light of Johnny being in the news, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at his infamous career and how he even ended up in the CFL in the first place.

Johnny Manziel first came into the scene in 2012 when he was a freshman at Texas A&M University. Manziel led A&M to a victory over top ranked Alabama and made a highlight that no college football fan will forget.

Manziel became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy award on Dec. 8, 2012. He lived up to the Heisman name, with a great performance in the Cotton bowl to cap off his season. The following day Manziel posted a picture of himself on Instagram at a casino showing off some cash.

2012-1-6 Manziel cash

Photo via @jmanziel11

In August of 2013, The NCAA launched an investigation was launched to find out if Manziel was being paid to sign memorabilia. The Quarterback was only suspended for the first half A&M’s season opener. Fast forward to Jan. 8, 2014 Manziel declared for the NFL Draft. He was selected 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns and the downward spiral began.

Manziel celebrating getting drafted. Photo by

Manziel started his career with the Browns and immediately got fined on Aug. 11, 2014 after showing up late to a team meeting. A few days later he gets fined $12,000 for pointing a middle finger at an opposing team’s bench. Manziel played a little bit for the Browns but overall did not have a season worth mentioning.

On Feb. 15, 2015 Johnny Manziel chose to put himself into rehab to help deal with his alcohol problem and overall trying to become more mature.

Feb. 2, 2016, Manziel’s second year in the NFL didn’t go any better than his first as the Browns came out and said they plan to move on from him. Johnny took his anger out by allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on Feb. 4, 2016. The case takes about a year to solve, when the charges were finally dropped on Nov. 29, 2017.

Manziel in court. Photo by Andy Jacobson 

Manziel was involved in numerous other mishaps over that time but still ended up receiving an offer to play in the Canadian Football League on Jan. 7, 2018. He played in the CFL for about a year until he was released Yesterday. As you can see, Manziel has put together quite the career. It will be interesting to see if he can ever truly get his act together a put together a decent career somewhere. Manziel is still only 26 years old and with the new AAF football league and the XFL coming soon, everyone will be wondering if Johnny will make a team.