AAF offers Johnny Manziel workout after CFL ban

The Alliance of American Football invited quarterback Johnny Manziel to workout for the league’s teams after his fallout with the CFL, though it’s not yet clear whether he will accept the invitation.

AAF chairman Tom Dundon told USA Today on Thursday that all eight AAF teams would be invited to the potential workout, but the San Antonio Commanders own Manziel’s rights under the league’s college allocation system because he played college football at Texas A&M. If the Commanders decline to sign Manziel, then other teams would have the opportunity to do so.

“Right now, it’s a decision of the GMs, and they can decide what they want to do,” Dundon explained. “If talent-wise this is close, the negative of him is that there is drama with him and you are trying to win games and build a team. The positive is that he brings in fans and attention.”

If Manziel does go the AAF route and a team offers him a contract, Dundon reiterated the quarterback would get the same deal that every player in the AAF receives — a three-year contract worth $250,000. 

Manziel, 26, was released by the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday and barred from signing with any other CFL team after violating an agreement with the league. It remains a mystery as to what why Manziel was barred, though it could be a factor in where he lands next.

Manziel tweeted after his release, in part, “I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.”

The XFL could be another option for Manziel, but according to USA Today, the league has not had any contact with Manziel or his camp.