Report: CFL team passed on Johnny Manziel after workout last week
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League worked out Johnny Manziel last week, per a TSN report. But the team reportedly opted to pass on the former NFL quarterback.
“Too many red flags,” a source told TSN.
The Tiger-Cats put Manziel through a workout as well as mental tests in Buffalo during their Aug. 23-24 bye week. The workout reportedly was attended by Tiger Cats head coach June Jones, vice-president of football operations Kent Austin, general manager Eric Tillman, assistant general manager Shawn Burke and team president and CEO Scott Mitchel, according to TSN.
The Tiger-Cats reportedly had previous contact with Manziel’s representation but last week marked the first time the team took a closer look at the quarterback.
The contingent left the meeting and workout under the agreement the team would not be pursuing Manziel at this time. The Tiger-Cats reportedly didn’t believe Manziel was in football shape, nor did it appear the 24-year-old had the dedication necessary to be a professional football player, according to a source.
Manziel has been saying all the right things, especially in the past eight months or so, when it comes to claiming a newfound commitment to football. He is said to have been putting in the work as well, although the Tiger-Cats didn’t appear to feel the same way.
Manziel earlier this year expressed a desire to stage an NFL comeback, saying he’s been training hard, remaining sober, taking responsibility for past mistakes and removing distractions from his life.
The chances of Manziel resurrecting his professional football career continues to grow slimmer and slimmer. This most recent development demonstrates how Manziel faces the difficult task of proving to a prospective employer that all his highly publicized troubles are now in the past. There’s no shortage of baggage when it comes to Manziel, that much is certain. And if Manziel cannot even catch on with a CFL team, his NFL dreams just might be in the past.