Hamilton Tiger-Cats trade Johnny Manziel to Montreal Alouettes

Hamilton Tiger-Cats trade Johnny Manziel to Montreal Alouettes

Hamilton Tiger-Cats trade Johnny Manziel to Montreal Alouettes

The Tiger-Cats, coached by former SMU coach June Jones, held Manziel's rights this spring as he attempted to make his way back to the NFL. That's despite the Tiger-Cats' head coach saying Manziel should reach the National Football League within two years.

The deal is expected to involve five players and two picks.

The Alouettes have started 1-4 in Sherman's first season, partly due to recurring injury issues at the quarterback position.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", said Alouettes GM Kavis Reed. "With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence".

He will battle for the quarterback job with Drew Willy, Jeff Mathews and Matt Shiltz, all of whom have been tested by Montreal, which has the worst offense in the CFL.

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The Alouettes are coached by Mike Sherman, who coached Manziel during his redshirt freshman season at Texas A&M in 2011. "Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up".

'I look forward to reuniting with Johnny again and working with him'.

The six-foot, 210-pound Manziel was taken in the first round, No. 22 overall, by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 National Football League draft but was released in March 2016 after posting a 2-6 record over two tumultuous campaigns.

Manziell has since admitted to being bipolar and said he is being treated for the disorder. The Alouettes are now sitting in last place in the CFL's East Division with a 1-4 record, including an offense that ranks last in the league in points scored and rushing yards, is tied for last in turnovers, and is seventh of nine teams in passing yards.

The Johnny Manziel era of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is reportedly over. Montreal takes on the Edmonton Eskimos (3-2) on Thursday night.

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