When he is not busy tweeting “advice” to the President of the United States, Johnny Manziel has reportedly been working out to make another attempt at a professional football career. But for the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, it may be a better idea to get some reps from under center in another football league before he gives the NFL another shot.
He seems to be doing exactly that as it has been reported that Manziel recently worked out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Nothing about him joining a team in the CFL has been confirmed yet, but chucking the football up north could be the right route for Manziel to take at this point in his career.
Back when he was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Texas A&M University, Manziel was the passer that everyone loved to watch out on the football field. College football post-game shows were always packed with highlights of the quarterback running away from defenders and finding a way to get the ball to his receivers in the end zone.
But when he got the NFL, his unorthodox style of playing the game did not have as much success. Combined with his off the field problems, Manziel was eventually released by the Browns and has not appeared on an NFL field since December of 2015.
If his latest opportunity with the CFL eventually turns into a reality, it could earn him a future trip back to the NFL one day. The way Manziel plays every game like it is taking place in his backyard would be a perfect fit in Canada.
As a quarterback in the CFL, Manziel would have so much more space to run around and make crazy plays like he did back in his college football days. Compared to the NFL, the fields in Canada are 10 yards longer, over 10 yards wider, and the end zones are also 10 yards deeper.
Plenty more space for Manziel to turn back into the type of player that made the quarterback a household name a few years ago.
For inspiration, the former Browns quarterback can refer to a former CFL signal caller named Doug Flutie. While in Canada, Flutie was able to flourish in the game of football after his first attempt in the NFL from 1986 to 1989 did not go as planned.
He still holds numerous CFL passing records and was named the greatest Canadian Football League player of all time in 2006 by TSN. Flutie’s success in the CFL eventually earned him another stint in the NFL from 1998 to 2005.
Who is to say that Manziel cannot do something similar?