Johnny Manziel plans to honour final year of contract with Montreal Alouettes

There has been some speculation that Johnny Manziel might want to find a way out of the final year on his Montreal Alouettes contract to join the Alliance of American Football, but the star quarterback has cleared the air.

Manziel spoke with RDS:

“I have another year of contract and I plan to come back for another year. I also want to get involved during the offseason, I want to keep in touch with guys who will come back. I’m thinking of doing some training in California or near here, building something. Nobody will love the taste that will stay in our mouths this year. The only way to fix things is by working,”

Manziel signed a two-year pact in May through the 2019 CFL season. He’s due a $75,000 roster bonus on March 1 part of the compensation that could see the 25-year-old earn $202,000 in base salary plus another $150,000 in potential playtime bonuses. That’s a lot of money for a quarterback yet to register a victory in the CFL.

Manziel is 0-5 as a starter completing 72-of-116 passes (62 per cent) for 872 yards, two touchdowns against six interceptions while rushing 21 times for 139 yards. Montreal sits last in the CFL with a 3-12 record but Manziel has faith the organization can improve going forward.

“I’m going back because I’m still under contract. I like it here, I enjoyed my time in Montreal,” Manziel said. “I have confidence in Kavis and Coach Sherman to find all the parts needed to keep our level of competition high.”

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