Johnny Manziel cleared to join the CFL for the 2018 season

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Manziel notified the Ticats over the summer that he was interested in resuming his career since he was released by the Cleveland Browns back in March of 2016. Though the team never signed him to a deal, it maintained the lone ability to sign him because Hamilton never removed Manziel from its negotiation list or traded his rights to another club.

The Canadian Football League said Thursday it would approve a contract for quarterback Johnny Manziel if one is reached with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who have the former Heisman Trophy victor on their negotiation list.

"We appreciate the CFL office and Commissioner Randy Ambrosie's due diligence in this matter", the Tiger-Cats stated.

"It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner", the statement reads.

Manziel met with Ambrosie and was told he would have to fulfil certain requirements to be eligible to sign in the CFL. "We will have no further comment at this time".




"As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated", the CFL said.

Don't expect the latter to happen, especially after Ticats head coach June Jones predicted that Manziel could be the best player in CFL history. A first-round pick in 2014, he played in 14 games over two seasons, throwing seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions. In January 2016, he had misdemeanour domestic abuse charges (involving his former girlfriend) dismissed, as long as he completed an anger management program, attended a domestic violence impact panel and participated in a substance-abuse program.

Manziel worked out for the Tiger-Cats in August but failed to convince the franchise he was ready to quarterback another team.

Hamilton (6-12) finished third in the East Division previous year and missed the playoffs. "The process that led to this decision, however, will continue".

Jamie Thomas of NFL.com tweeted out a statement by CFL commissioner Randy Ambroise saying that Manziel can play if he adheres to specified conditions of the league.

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