Sitting at the bottom of the East Division of the CFL with an 0-8 record, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been looking for an answer at quarterback due to Zach Collaros’ struggles. One player the team considered was former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, with TSN reporting that the Tiger-Cats worked him out last week.
However, the decision was made by the team to pass, with the report stating that “there were too many red flags.” Despite not looking to negotiate a contract, Hamilton did keep Manziel on its negotiation list. Per CFL rules, Hamilton would have 10 days to either work out a deal with Manziel or trade his rights to another team should he decide that he’s ready to sign a contract.
Given the “red flags” comment, it may be a while before a move is made on that front.
Selected 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel’s issues away from the field ultimately derailed what appeared to be a promising career. After playing in five games as a rookie, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner saw time in 10 games in 2015, with six being starts. Completing 57.8 percent of his passes that year, Manziel threw for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
The 2017 season hasn’t lacked for turmoil in Hamilton. Collaros, the CFL’s highest-paid player according to TSN, was recently benched for ineffective play. Looking to change that, Hamilton hired former Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones to serve as assistant head coach, but the move had little effect on the team’s fortunes.
Jones was promoted to interim head coach after the resignation of Kent Austin. Jones looked to add former Baylor head coach Art Briles to his coaching staff, but that move was scrapped after Hamilton was criticized heavily.