"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to 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", Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football for The Alliance, said Saturday night.
Just three weeks after being released by the Montreal Alouettes for violating the team's contract, Manziel signed the Alliance of American Football's Standard Player Agreement, according to ESPN.
Johnny Manziel is playing in a new football league.
The AAF's San Antonio Commanders held Manziel's rights but declined to add him. According to a release from the CFL, Manziel "contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league".
The Commanders had the rights to Manziel because he played college football at Texas A&M.
Manziel is expected to report to the Express on Sunday. The Express, who have struggled offensively all season, are on their third quarterback, starting with former Jets bust Christian Hackenberg, followed by Zach Mettenberger. 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". He went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Browns in 2014. In eight starts he completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Earlier today, it was announced that Manziel had joined the league. But Manziel had to fulfil certain requirements to join the league. A corresponding move was not immediately announced, but the league's waiver rules stipulate that the team would have to make a move with a quarterback. Manziel had sought treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse as part of his acquittal on a 2016 charge of domestic violence.
Manziel was due a $75,000 bonus March 1 and scheduled to earn a $202,000 base salary in 2019.