The Memphis Express have added free agent QB Johnny Manziel to its roster.
The 26-year-old Manziel passed for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns in eight games last season with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, which acquired him in a mid-season trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Alliance of American Football could very well be Manziel's last hope in a professional football league. The former National Football League quarterback would have been sent to the San Antonio Commanders since he played at Texas A&M, but the team released his rights.
This Topic is Missing Your Voice.. Manziel will join the Memphis Express, who claimed him off waivers.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M had his contract with the CFL terminated this offseason.
Manziel played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, after the team drafted him with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft.
"We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to Alliance of American Football, which we've always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers", league co-founder Bill Polian said in a statement Saturday night. He also ran for 215 yards on 29 carries as Montreal (5-13) missed the CFL playoffs.
Mettenberger had to leave Saturday's 22-9 loss to Salt Lake after suffering an ankle injury early in the game.
Memphis is led by head coach Mike Singletary, the Hall of Fame, Chicago Bears' defenseman.
The league welcomed Manziel in a tweet, which he retweeted.
Memphis, which now has the lowest win percentage in the Alliance, had the first opportunity to get Manziel after the Commanders released his rights. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling.
Manziel eventually ended up signing with Hamilton in May 2018 but was unable to get on to the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli.
Manziel's CFL action was his first in pro football since December 2015.