Johnny Manziel Released By Montreal Alouettes, Barred By CFL

Johnny Manziel’s professional football career has hit a snag. On Wednesday, February 27, it was announced that former top draft pick Johnny Manziel has been released by the Montreal Alouettes.

The Alouettes announced the news in a statement, which also indicates Manziel has been barred from signing with another team in the league.

“We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement,” said Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed. “We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed.

“We are confident going into the 2019 training camp with a roster of quarterbacks that had played in our system last year and are committed to our team.”

The Alouettes of the CFL have released QB Johnny Manziel in odd fashion.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2019

After the news broke, Manziel gave an exclusive interview where he revealed that he has been diagnosed and suffers from bipolar disorder. You can check out the interview with Good Morning America here:

Former NFL star @JManziel2 reflects on 'mistakes,' reveals bipolar diagnosis in an exclusive interview with @tjholmes.

— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 12, 2018

Manziel remained appreciative of his time north of the border.

“I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans,” the quarterback said. “My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.”

Manziel initially joined the CFL as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in May 2018. He was then traded to the Alouettes, where he played in eight games and threw for 1,290 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

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