Manziel joins Singletary-coached Memphis of AAF

HAMILTON ON- NOVEMBER 3 Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes fires a pass against the Hamilton Tiger Cats in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field

Manziel was available to the AAF after the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL released him earlier this month and then said he could not play for any other team in its league.

Johnny Manziel is officially joining the AAF.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor will go through the AAF waiver system, per Schefter, after the San Antonio Commanders renounced his college allocation rights. Every team in the AAF will now have a chance to sign him in reverse order of the current standings, with the Memphis Express (1-5) getting first priority. The Express lost quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Saturday, who left after their first offensive snap with an ankle injury - according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and passed for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns in two seasons with the Aggies. He's their second quarterback this season, after the team started with Christian Hackenberg but later benched the former Penn State quarterback.

"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to Alliance of American Football, which we've always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers", said Head of Football Bill Polian in a statement.

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CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced in December 2017 that the league would approve a contract for Manziel, who at the time was on the Tiger-Cats' negotiation list. However, players can earn more in incentives.

The eight-team AAF is midway through its inaugural season this spring. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling.

Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday.

Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, but quickly fizzled out there.

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