Johnny Manziel offered chance to work out for AAF teams following CFL ban

Johnny Manziel’s time with the Canadian Football League is over for good, which means he’s looking for a new job. And the Alliance of American Football could be his next stop.

AAF chairman Tom Dundon told USA Today that the AAF contacted Manziel’s camp within 24 hours of learning that Manziel had been banned from the CFL. Manziel was offered the chance to work out for AAF teams, which could lead to him signing a contract and becoming part of this brand new football league.

Dundon is still relatively new at his job. He became chairman of the AAF a few weeks ago when the organization was in danger of not making payroll. Dundon stepped in and saved the AAF by making a nine-figure investment, and became the AAF’s new chairman. But he’s aware of the baggage Manziel brings with him, and that he might not be the right fit for every team.

"Right now, it’s a decision of the GMs, and they can decide what they want to do," Dundon told USA TODAY Sports.

"If talent-wise this is close, the negative of him is that there is drama with him and you are trying to win games and build a team. The positive is that he brings in fans and attention."

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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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Dundon also told USA Today that Manziel wouldn’t be given any special treatment, and that he’d get the same three-year, $250,000 deal that every player gets.

Daryl Johnston, general manager of the San Antonio Commanders, spoke to the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday and said he “received indication” that Manziel would be “comfortable” with the AAF’s salary structure.

Under the AAF’s regional allocation system, the Commanders have the first shot at signing Manziel, if things get to that point. Johnston said that his team hasn’t had any direct contact with Manziel or his agent, but he has spoken to Dundon about the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Johnston wants to see what the rest of the league’s reaction is to Manziel before moving forward.

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