And now the debate can begin as to whether Johnny Manziel can play quarterback in the Canadian Football League or Montreal made a knee-jerk reaction out of desperation. The quarterback eventually signed with Hamilton in May.
This was a huge trade that involved two CFL first-round draft selections, so the Alouettes obviously believe Manziel is the guy. He was stuck behind starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who had been playing very well this season.
"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", said general manager Kavis Reed in a statement.
Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman is very familiar with Manziel and knows how to use him, having coached him at Texas A&M.
The Tiger-Cats are 2-3 this season, which puts them in second place in the East Division. 'With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence'.
'I look forward to reuniting with Johnny again and working with him'.
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Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice are going to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide recever Chris Williams and two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, the source said.
In a February interview with Good Morning America, Manziel revealed that he was self-medicating with alcohol and other substances back in 2016 when he got the boot from the Cleveland Browns after two seasons.
Meanwhile, the Alouettes are 1-4 and rank last in the CFL in points scored and have already tried out three different quarterbacks under center, with none showing much in the way of efficiency.
Manziel, through his agent, thanked Hamilton after the trade.
Montreal hosts Edmonton on Thursday night.