Quarterback Johnny Manziel's brief foray into the Canadian Football League came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when the league called on the Montreal Alouettes to end Manziel's contract for an undisclosed breach of conditions and then prevent the other teams. of the league to sign the former winner of the Heisman Trophy.
The Alouettes issued a statement in which they explained that they were following the orders of the C.F.L. to remove Manziel, 26, "after finding that he had breached the agreement under which he was qualified to play in the league".
"We are disappointed by the turn of events," Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. "Our organization has provided considerable support to Johnny, in collaboration with the C.F.L., but he has not been able to comply with the terms of his contract. We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who did not want to continue. "
Reed told reporters in Montreal that the Alouettes had cut Manziel only because of C.F.L. order.
"No sir," Reed said. "Mr. Manziel's performance on the field showed that he had great potential, but Mr. Manziel broke the conditions, and we all understood those conditions and we must respect them."
Prior to entering into negotiations with the Tiger Cats in Hamilton last March, Manziel had to accept several strict clauses of his contract, probably because he had a history of drug addiction and arrests, including a charge of striking an old girlfriend. But the specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the league refused to make them public on Wednesday.
"Mr Manziel was informed that he had to continue to fulfill a number of conditions to remain eligible," said the CFL said in a statement last year. "These conditions, though that's not the case. extensive and demanding, remain confidential. "
Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 after a stellar season for Texas A & M. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick in 2014 and has only started eight games in two years with them . He was released in March 2016 after revealing charges he had brought and threatening the ex-girlfriend. Manziel and the prosecutors reached a dismissal agreement and he was forced to seek advice.
Manziel wrote on his Twitter account that he was hoping to play again in the United States. This could mean one of the two new development leagues. The Alliance of American Football started playing this month. Another league, a revival of the XFL, should begin playing next February.
"I'm looking forward to exploring new options in the United States," wrote Manziel.
FREE AGENCY FOR FOLES Nick Foles has rejuvenated his career in Philadelphia. Now he wants to turn his success into N.F.L. start his job – and the Eagles intend to give him that chance.
Managing director Howie Roseman told reporters Wednesday that the team would not use the franchise tag on Foles, making him a free agent.
Foles led the Eagles to the playoffs for the past two seasons after starting quarterback Carson Wentz was injured. He was named the most valuable Super Bowl player last year when the Eagles won the title. But the Eagles have made it clear that Wentz, the No. 2 draft pick in 2016, was their usual starter.
"It's difficult when you have someone who has incredible value for your organization, the most important position in the sport," said Roseman during the annual N.F.L. Scouting. in Indianapolis. "But at the same time, he deserves the opportunity to lead a team." (AP)