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Manziel released; banned from other CFL teams



Quarterback Johnny Manziel was released Wednesday by the Montreal Alouettes, saying he "had breached the deal that made him eligible to play" in the Canadian Football League.

The CFL said Manziel was not eligible to sign with another league team, which enjoyed all rights for two seasons.

"We are disappointed by the turn of events, and our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, has provided considerable support to Johnny, but he has not been able to comply with the terms of his agreement," said Alouettes General Manager, Kavis Reed, in a statement. "We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was not willing to continue."

We do not know what Manziel did to break the deal with the Alouettes and the CFL.

Manziel, 26, played for the Alouettes last season to resurrect his career. In eight games, he had 106 points out of 165, raising 1290 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Montreal traded two players and two first-round picks in Hamilton last July against Manziel's rights.

Manziel treated several problems off the field. In 2016, a charge of assaulting Manziel in Dallas was dropped after taking an anger management course and participating in the NFL addiction program. In a recent interview, he said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and stopped drinking.

He played for the last time in the NFL in 2015 with the Cleveland Browns, who released him two seasons after choosing him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft.


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