"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to the 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 Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football for The Alliance.
He was 2-6 as a starter with the Montreal Alouettes last season, completing 106 of 165 passes (64.2 percent) for 1,290 yards with five TDs and seven interceptions.
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The Express also welcomed him on Twitter, "Welcome to the 901 @JManziel2".
Johnny Manziel, formerly of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, has signed with the AAF's Memphis Express.
Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland in 2014, but quickly fizzled out there with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games, including eight starts. Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger injured an ankle Saturday on the first play from scrimmage and was unable to return to the team's 22-9 loss at Salt Lake. "He will report to Memphis tomorrow, where we all believe he'll benefit from the coaching and mentorship of Mike Singletary".
Memphis, which now has the lowest win percentage in the Alliance, had the first opportunity to get Manziel after the Commanders released his rights. The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy victor was released from his CFL contract last month, with league officials announcing he had "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league". In 2016, a domestic assault charge against him in Dallas was dismissed after he took an anger management course and participated in the NFL's substance abuse program.
Manziel was due a $75,000 bonus March 1 and scheduled to earn a $202,000 base salary in 2019.