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Johnny Manziel explains why he opted to sign with CFL’s Tiger-Cats

After months of persistent rumors and speculation, it was made official over the weekend that Johnny Manziel is headed to the CFL after signing a two-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

While there have been whispers that Manziel possibly piqued the interest of at least some NFL teams, nothing materialized quickly enough, which is why 25-year-old opted to begin his pro football career resurrection in Canada instead of waiting things out.

“It was really the wait,” Manziel said Tuesday on “PFT Live,” via the New York Post. I didn’t want to get into something down the road where I’m waiting until August, waiting until training camps open, and then if something doesn’t transpire I’m getting here late.”

As far as possible interest out of NFL teams perhaps intrigued by bringing him aboard, Manziel suggests something almost occurred.

“I think it was close,” Manziel said. “I did reach out and talk to multiple teams and coaches I had met in my first couple years in the league.”

Scouts from 13 NFL teams reportedly watched Manziel’s performance at the University of San Diego’s pro day in March, one of a handful of showcases in which Manziel participated. The word was the former Browns signal-caller was impressive in the limited format of a such a workout.

Manziel at the time was “hopeful” that the workouts would attract serious interest from NFL teams, but obviously nothing came to fruition. At least things did not happen soon enough for Manziel, which cleared the way to the Canadian Football League, in what Manziel hopes is just a pit stop before bigger and better things.

“I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds,” Manziel said Saturday of joining the Tiger-Cats.”