Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Alouettes

Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Alouettes

As part of the Manziel trade, Hamilton acquired defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and two first-round draft picks (2020, 2021) from the Alouettes in exchange for Manziel and offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice.

Manziel has yet to play in a meaningful game this season, sitting behind Jeremiah Masoli in Hamilton.

Manziel will try to improve an offense that ranks last in the league in points scored and rushing yards, is tied for last in turnovers and is seventh of nine teams in passing yards.

The trade reunites Manziel with Montreal head coach Mike Sherman, who convinced Manziel to play at Texas A&M after he verbally committed to Oregon.

Manziel, 25, didn't get a chance to play at all during five regular-season games he spent with Hamilton. Manziel redshirted in 2011 and went on to win the Heisman Trophy the following season under new coach Kevin Sumlin.

Montreal has already had three different quarterbacks this season, and none has impressed much.

"We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent", Montreal GM Kavis Reed said in a statement.

Backup Jeff Mathews, who replaced Willy earlier this season, is also out four-to-six weeks with foot injury.

Manziel appeared in two preseason games for Hamilton, completing 21 of 31 passes for one touchdown and one interception. "Landon Rice and Tony Washington are two skilled players that will considerably solidify our offensive line".

Montreal (1-4) hosts Edmonton on Thursday night. He made a two-year commitment to the CFL in May, but if Manziel can re-establish himself as a capable quarterback, he might find his way back to the National Football League in 2020. After spending last season with the B.C. Lions, Williams was dealt to Montreal on December 12, 2017.

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