Johnny Manziel traded to Montreal Alouettes

Johnny Manziel

On Sunday, the Tiger-Cats traded the former Heisman Trophy victor to the Montreal Alouettes, according to Duane Ford of TSN.

In a blockbuster trade announced Sunday night, the Als acquired the 25-year-old quarterback from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in what was expected to be a multi-player deal.

Manziel never saw the field with Hamilton, which has been led by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who had tied a CFL record with nine straight 300-yard passing games before the team's Week 5 bye.

Currently, the Alouettes rank last in the CFL with 69 total points and 26:21 possession minutes per game. Manziel redshirted in 2011 and went on to win the Heisman Trophy the following season under new coach Kevin Sumlin.

And now the debate can begin as to whether Johnny Manziel can play quarterback in the Canadian Football League or Montreal made a knee-jerk reaction out of desperation. The former Heisman Trophy victor appeared in both of the Ticats' exhibition games - completing 21-of-31 passes for 168 yards and a TD while rushing six times for 19 yards - but didn't see any regular-season action backing up incumbent Jeremiah Masoli.




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.

Backup Jeff Mathews, who replaced Willy earlier this season, is also out four-to-six weeks with foot injury. That's despite the Tiger-Cats' head coach saying Manziel should reach the National Football League within two years.

The Tiger-Cats are 2-3 this season, which puts them in second place in the East Division. "Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up".

"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". In a recent interview, he said he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking.

Montreal (1-4) hosts Edmonton on Thursday night.

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