The Hamilton Tiger-Cats put Manziel through a series of workouts in Buffalo over two days, but the organization decided not to sign him at the time. The Tiger-Cats plan to retain their rights to Manziel through a roster mechanism known as a "negotiation list," in the event that he becomes a more realistic option.
Vice president of football operations Kent Austin?did not close the door on revisiting the idea of signing Manziel later.
Austin told reporters "we're still interested in Johnny Manziel" but added: "We're not interested in signing Johnny right now. That won't happen. That's not imminent. We're not signing Johnny right now."
On the workout, Austin said: "Johnny did some good things. On the field, he looked fine. It was a short workout but obviously he's a talented kid."
Manziel, 24, hasn't played football since the Cleveland Browns released him after the 2016 season. He told ESPN in January that he had achieved sobriety and wanted to get back on the field. In a text to ESPN, he said his goal was to "PLAY FOOTBALL. A pre season game, anything I don't care what it is. Only need one team to believe in me and I'll do anything to make that a possibility."
Manziel was technically suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He also faced further discipline as a result of domestic violence charges that later led to an agreement with the Dallas County district attorney's office to have charges dropped if he met certain conditions.?Regardless, no NFL team has been confirmed to have expressed interest in signing him.
The Tiger-Cats, who have lost their first eight games of the season, recently hired former Hawai'i coach June Jones as their head coach. Their negotiation list also includes quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, among others.
They intended to hire Griffin's former coach at Baylor, Art Briles, as offensive coordinator earlier this week. But the team reversed its decision in response to outcry over Briles' role in Baylor's handling of allegations of sexual assaults by students, including football players.