Johnny Manziel is one step nearer to returning to professional soccer.
The Canadian Soccer League introduced Thursday that it’ll approve a contract for the troubled former Heisman Trophy winner to play in 2018.
“Since final summer season, the Canadian Soccer League has been engaged in an intensive course of to find out the eligibility of Johnny Manziel,” the league mentioned in an announcement. “This course of has been performed with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and impartial of the group which presently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“It has included an ongoing evaluation by an impartial knowledgeable on the problem of violence in opposition to girls, a assessment by authorized counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel performed by the Commissioner. As properly, Mr. Manziel has been required to fulfill plenty of circumstances set by the league.
“Because of this course of, the Commissioner has now knowledgeable Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he’s ready to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel ought to one be negotiated. The method that led to this resolution does, nonetheless, proceed. Mr. Manziel has been knowledgeable he should proceed to fulfill plenty of circumstances with the intention to stay eligible. These circumstances, whereas intensive and exacting, stay confidential.”
Manziel labored out for the Tiger-Cats in August however didn’t persuade the franchise he was able to quarterback one other group. A supply had instructed TSN that the group believed Manziel got here with “too many pink flags” attributable to his historical past of frequent partying and consuming, in addition to a 2016 home violence cost that was dismissed final month.
After understanding for Hamilton, Manziel activated the group’s 10-day window, which compelled the Tiger-Cats to both signal, commerce or launch him. The CFL prolonged the window for additional analysis.
In September, he met with league commissioner Randy Ambrosie to debate what the previous NFLer wanted to perform to play within the CFL. After ruling Manziel ineligible for the 2017 season, the league introduced that Hamilton would maintain his rights till Nov. 30 earlier than extending it once more into January.
Manziel was drafted by the Browns with the 22nd decide within the 2014 NFL draft, spending two seasons in Cleveland earlier than the group reduce him attributable to poor play and off-field points. He went 2-6 as a starter with 1,675 passing yards, seven touchdowns and 7 interceptions.