Manziel signs with new Alliance league, will join Memphis

HAMILTON ON- NOVEMBER 3 Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes fires a pass against the Hamilton Tiger Cats in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field

HAMILTON ON- NOVEMBER 3 Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes fires a pass against the Hamilton Tiger Cats in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field

Johnny Football could be back on the field soon.

Manziel signed the AAF standard player agreement on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, which will officially allow teams to sign the quarterback.

However, Manziel may not join the Commanders, who had first crack at his rights by way of the Alliance's allocation system.

He played just two seasons with the team before he was released.

The Memphis Express have the AAF's worst record at 1-5, followed by the Salt Lake City Stallions at 2-4, with the Arizona Hotshots and Atlanta legends both sitting at 2-3. The Express next plays vs. Birmingham on March 24 in Memphis.

Manziel was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland, but quickly fizzled out there. He was traded to the Alouettes in 2018 and released on February 27.

Manziel was suspended by the NFL in 2016 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but never pursued playing in the league again.

The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy victor last played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018, where he threw for almost 1,300 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games. He signed with Hamilton after meeting with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie in late 2017, and agreeing to meet "certain conditions". He entered the 2013 National Football League draft, and was selected No. 22 overall by the Browns.