Johnny Manziel still has a long way to go before he’s ever given another shot at playing in the NFL. But you’ve got to start somewhere, and apparently for Manziel, that somewhere is The Spring League.
Manziel has signed a contract to play in the upcoming Spring League. The season kicks off on March 28 in Austin, Texas. It is said to have attracted several NFL scouts last year, when the likes of Greg Hardy and Kellen Winslow Jr. were suiting up for games.
“The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do,” Manziel said in a statement released following the signing of his contract.
“I miss the competition. I’d like to thank Brian Woods and The Spring League staff for this opportunity to play the game I love. I’ve made my share of mistakes, but I’m 25 years old and I know my best football is ahead of me.”
According to TMZ, the Spring League had previously told Manziel that he can only play if he checked in nightly with a team staff member at 9:30 PM, and if he passed a USADA drug test on the very first day of the season. No word on whether those stipulations remain in place.