Johnny Manziel’s comeback attempt north of the border has been denied.
The troubled former Heisman Trophy winner worked out last week in Buffalo for the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, according to TSN. But Manziel failed to convince the franchise he’s ready to quarterback another professional team.
“Too many red flags,” a source told the Canadian sports site.
Manziel, who was drafted by the Browns with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, spent two seasons in Cleveland before the team cut him due to poor play and off-field issues.
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The 24-year-old’s frequent partying and drinking led to a stint in rehab before his former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, brought a domestic violence charge against him in January 2016. In December of last year, Manziel agreed to terms for the charge to eventually be dropped.
Manziel said last month he was “really optimistic” about a return to the NFL, but later added that if he falls short, he’d consider coaching.
Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones has tried to shake things upsince joining the 0-8 team earlier this month, even bringing high-level club executives to Buffalo for the workout.
But the group determined Manziel’s physical and medical tests were unsatisfactory and that his off-field regimen was unimpressive, per TSN.
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Jones, who reportedly attempted to recruit Manziel out of high school while coaching at Southern Methodist University, helped to generate headlines this week with another big name in college football.
Hamilton faced immediate blowback when it announced on Monday the hiring of former Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was fired last year following the university’s sexual assault scandal involving players.
The Tiger-Cats reversed their decision 11 hours later, with owner Bob Young calling the move a “large and serious mistake.”
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