Thursday, March 1, 2018
MANZIEL WILL PLAY "FOR FREE", WANTS NFL SHOT
On Wednesday, he sent out a series of tweets saying, "It's not about the money it's about getting back to doing what I miss and love." He added, "I've been down and out for too long. Nothing but positivity on this end."
Manziel last played in the NFL for the Browns in 2015. Since then, he has been trying to make a comeback, and lately he has been opening up about his life, his hopes and his past mistakes. He told ABC News' Good Morning America that he's taking medication for bipolar disorder and no longer drinks, and on the Pardon My Take podcast, he predicted that he'll be a starting quarterback in the NFL again in the future.
Manziel's next step toward his NFL comeback starts on March 28, which is the first day of the developmental league and scouting event called The Spring League.
We're one step closer to a Johnny Manziel return to the National Football League.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday that the former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns "is in touch with multiple NFL head coaches" in an attempt to revive a career that crashed and burned in 2015 due to a storied rash of off-the-field troubles.
"There have been conversations," Garafolo told NFL Network. "... People around him believe it's a very real possibility that he could return to the NFL, whether before or after his appearance in the Spring League."
Garafolo added that "teams have been informed that Manziel will take zero dollars guaranteed, minimum salary, if need be."
Showing no demands for money, Manziel is willing to prove it on the field, too, with the former Texas A&M star "open to signing a practice-squad contract, staying on a team's practice squad and proving that he is in the right mindset during this entire season," Garafolo noted.
In recent days, Manziel has spoken honestly about the drama and substance-abuse issues that cratered his brief, chaotic run with the Browns.