Johhny Manziel released by Montreal Alouettes, ruled ineligible by CFL

By Jesse Reed

The Montreal Alouettes released quarterback Johhny Manziel on Wednesday.

The Alouettes released Manziel at the direction of the CFL “after it was found that Manziel had contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league” the team wrote in its release.

“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 General Manager Kavis Reed in a statement. “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,” added Reed.

Manziel was set to earn a $75,000 bonus if he were still on the roster on March 1.

During his lone season as the quarterback for Montreal, Manziel completed 106-of-165 passes for 1,290 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.