Johnny Manziel released by CFL's Montreal Alouettes

Johnny Manziel’s time with the Montreal Alouettes has come to an end.

The Canadian Football League franchise announced Wednesday that it has released Manziel “based on the direction” of the league. In a press release, the CFL says “it was found that Manziel had contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.”

On top of that, the CFL says it has “informed all of its clubs that it will not register a contract” for Manziel if any other team attempts to sign him.

Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a star quarterback at Texas A&M, was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2014. But his time in Cleveland fizzled out quickly amid a myriad of off-field issues, including violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and a domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend. Manziel was released by Cleveland after the 2015 season and did not return to the field until he agreed to play for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in late 2017.

Manziel was the No. 2 quarterback in Hamilton before the team traded him to Montreal in July. In eight games for the Alouettes, he threw for 1,290 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes.

“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.”

After NFL issues, Manziel had conditions to join CFL

In March 2017, the Tiger-Cats added Manziel to their Negotiation List, meaning they gained the exclusive rights to sign him. From there, Manziel angled for a return to the NFL but eventually entered negotiations with Hamilton.

In September 2017, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the league would not agree to allow Manziel to sign with Hamilton until certain conditions were agreed upon. In December of that year, Ambrosie approved Manziel’s contract with Hamilton.

At that point, the CFL released a statement detailing the process of determining Manziel’s eligibility. The details of the aforementioned conditions, however, remained confidential.

The process “included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner.” Manziel also was “required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.”

“The process that led to this decision does, however, continue. Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential,” the statement said.

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MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 08: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks for a pass target during the Calgary Stampeders versus the Montreal Alouettes game on October 8, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HAMILTON, ON - NOVEMBER 3: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes warms up prior to action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field on November 3, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Alouettes defeated the Tiger-Cats 30-28. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 30: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) hands the ball off to Montreal Alouettes Running back William Stanback (31) during the Saskatchewan Roughriders versus the Montreal Alouettes game on September 30, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 30: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates a good play during the Saskatchewan Roughriders versus the Montreal Alouettes game on September 30, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
REGINA, SK - JULY 05: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the field during pregame warmup before the game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium on July 5, 2018 in Regina, Canada. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - JUNE 16: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats stands on the sidelines during a CFL game against the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JULY 26: Look on Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) at warm-up before the Edmonton Eskimos versus the Montreal Alouettes game on July 26, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JULY 26: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) stretches at warm-up before the Edmonton Eskimos versus the Montreal Alouettes game on July 26, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JULY 26: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws the ball at warm-up before the Edmonton Eskimos versus the Montreal Alouettes game on July 26, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes looks to play the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes throws the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes tackles defensive back Mike Daly #35 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs with the ball during the Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus the Montreal Alouettes game on August 3, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes takes to the field against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes 50-11. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes the ball during the Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus the Montreal Alouettes game on August 3, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes and head coach Mike Sherman look on from the sidelines against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes 50-11. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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