Johnny Manziel of Hamilton Tiger-Cats traded to Montreal Alouettes

Johnny Manziel of Hamilton Tiger-Cats traded to Montreal Alouettes

Javier Howell
July 24, 2018

The deal is expected to involve five players and two picks.

Manziel began the season No. 2 on Hamilton's depth chart and has been on the sidelines as Jeremiah Masoli's backup while waiting for his opportunity to get into his first game with meaning since his last appearance in the National Football League in 2015.

Manziel will try to improve an offense that ranks last in the league in points scored and rushing yards, is tied for last in turnovers and is seventh of nine teams in passing yards. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and was a product out of Texas A&M.

Manziel never got to play for current Montreal coach Sherman (right) who recruited him at Texas A&M.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement, per ESPN.

Then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was let go from his contract in March 2016
Then-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was let go from his contract in March 2016

Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice were sent to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022. The Alouettes have already shuffled through three quarterbacks this year due to injuries. He signed a two-year contract with Hamilton in May.

The Tiger-Cats are 2-3 this season, which puts them in second place in the East Division. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team.

The Dallas County district attorney's office agreed in December 2016 to drop charges against Manziel if he took an anger management course, listened to victims of domestic abuse speak at an impact panel and attended a rehab facility for drug and alcohol abuse.

Manziell has since admitted to being bipolar and said he is being treated for the disorder.

Shortly after the deal was made Hamilton announced that it would give away $100 vouchers to fans who bought a Manziel Ticats jersey to purchase "new gear" for Saturday's game at Tim Hortons Field.

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