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Report: Johnny Manziel remains in talks with CFL team

It appeared earlier this week that Johnny Manziel missed out on the latest chance to resurrect his professional football career. The Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats reportedly declined to sign Manziel following a workout last week over “too many red flags” involving the unemployed signal-caller.

But a new report indicates that talks are ongoing between Manziel and the Tiger-Cats. It appears Manziel refuses to give up on signing with the CFL team just yet.

“This is something he very much wants,” a source said of Manziel, via ESPN.

The Tiger-Cats, who own Manziel’s CFL rights, put the quarterback through a two-day workout, as well as mental tests, in Buffalo during their Aug. 23-24 bye week. The workout was widely attended by Tiger Cats brass, including head coach June Jones, along with other members of the team’s front office.

The Tiger-Cats reportedly didn’t believe Manziel was in football shape, nor did it appear to the team that the 24-year-old possesses the dedication necessary to be a professional football player at this stage, according to a source.

Kent Austin, Hamilton’s vice president of football operations, said he’ll consider Manziel as an option for the future, but “that’s not imminent. We’re not signing Johnny right now.” Austin added that Manziel did some “good things” in the workout and has talent.

Manziel, 24, seemingly has been saying and doing all the right things, especially over the past year, when it comes to demonstrating a newfound commitment to football. He is said to have been putting in the work as well, although the Tiger-Cats don’t appear to feel the same way at this point.

The chances of Manziel resurrecting his football career continue to grow slimmer and slimmer. There’s no shortage of baggage when it comes to Manziel. Further, if he cannot even catch on with a CFL team, his NFL goals could be in the rear-view mirror as well.

That said, the latest report indicates it might be premature to rule out Manziel eventually joining the Tiger-Cats.