Don't expect to see Johnny Manziel in the XFL


The XFL kicked off their inaugural season over the weekend and it seemed to do pretty well. Fans were excited, the games were competitive and different, and the interaction and gambling aspects of the TV experience added extra flavor for the viewers.

Even before the XFL kicked off, one former NFL quarterback made it clear that the new spring league would not be an option for him. Johnny Manziel said on Twitter, "ComebackSZN still alive if y'all ain't know. Just not playing for another league that's going to fold on you midway through the season".

The feeling appears to be mutual as former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston, who is the director of player personnel for the Dallas Renegades, told the Dallas Morning News Johnny Manziel wouldn't even be an option for his team, "I passed on him in San Antonio, and I'd pass on him again here. For me, the chemistry in the locker room is critical, and especially (at) the quarterback position. He kind of sets the tone, especially for the offensive side of the ball, but really for the whole team. There is so much added responsibility that goes with the face, goes with the voice of the franchise. And I haven't seen that from Johnny on a consistent basis that I would feel comfortable committing to him." Johnston was referring to him passing on Manziel when he was the GM of the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF.

Johnny Manziel was a first round pick of the Cleveland Browns back in 2014 and played in 14 total games over two seasons before heading to the CFL in 2018 and then the AAF.

Would Manziel change his mind should the XFL make it through the first season? Who knows. But you can bet he won't get a shot with Dallas.


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