Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, was released by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, after a second tumultuous season marred by partying and drinking. The Tiger-Cats, according to TSN, had “wondered if Manziel could manage becoming the face of a franchise and the attention that would come with a return to the spotlight” and determined that the answer “was a resounding no.”
The Tiger-Cats are a team in need, with quarterback Zach Collaros, the league’s highest-paid player and lowest-rated passer, recently benched. However, they’ve also stumbled this week, when Jones hired Art Briles, who was fired by Baylor in the wake of a sexual-assault scandal at the school, as an assistant. That decision was reversed shortly afterward, with the CFL and the Hamilton team saying he would not be joining the staff.
The Tiger-Cats did not deny that the hiring of Briles was geared toward luring Manziel, who played at Texas A&M, or Robert Griffin III, who played at Baylor and also is a free agent, to Canada. “Certainly everything was considered, yes,” Jones said.
Manziel’s fiancee, Bre Tiesi, told TMZ on Tuesday that he hasn’t given up on his comeback after his CFL tryout.
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